4 eye-catching types of grass that will make your garden come alive

From left to right: Japanese forest grass, pampas grass, blue turfgrass, and Big Bluesteam.

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Bentgrass. Bermuda. Zoya. poop.

These are the names most golfers recognize because they are coral grass – good for fairways and lawns.

But the world of weeds is vast and varied, extending far beyond the things we harvest and water to impress our neighbours, and to keep our sticks running fast and pure.

The turf world also includes “ornamental grasses” and, as the term suggests, their main purpose is not playability.

6 different types of grass

6 types of grass every golfer should know, and how each affects your game

by:

Josh Sens



It’s a visual attraction.

Many of these weeds are hardy, low-maintenance, and require little effort to keep them looking good. They also come in a wonderland of sizes, colors, and textures.

David Phipps is a former supervisor who now serves as the Northwest Regional Representative for the American Golf Course Managers Association.

Here are 4 types of grass he says work as beautifully in the yards as they do on the courses – unless you’re hoping for a perfect lie.

Japanese forest grass

Lime green, like some ’70s pants, this elegant lawn is the rare ornament that thrives in shade. Slow-growing and non-invasive, with thin leaves, it reaches about 2 feet in height, making it a lovely ground cover that knows its place. It is best planted in the coolness of autumn, not in the heat of summer.

Japanese forest grass

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pampas grass

Tall and striking, pampas grass produces silvery white plumes that recall the color and texture of John Daly’s beard. Much like an ornamental plant, it grows easily, which is a plus, provided you don’t let it get out of hand.

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big bluestem

Often thought of as a prairie grass, bluestem has a wider range than this, extending across the eastern two-thirds of the United States. With its purple hue, it’s easy on the eyes, but its fibrous texture can make it tricky if you’re looking for your own ProV1.

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Blue Visco

Not to be confused with the soft filler of links, this sky-blue grass is not the type of plant you want to hit a ball with. Although it can survive in the shade, it thrives in sun conditions, producing pale yellow flowers that contrast beautifully with its bluish foliage. No wonder this makes landscaping popular around courses and homes alike.

Blue Visco

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Josh Sens is a golf, food and travel writer who has been a contributor to GOLF Magazine since 2004 and now contributes across all GOLF platforms. His work has been authored in the best American sports writing. He is also the co-author, with Sami Hager, of Are We Having Any Fun Yet: The Cooking and Partying Handbook.

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