Selecting a drought-resistant grass

If you live in an area where rainfall is rare, you may have a hard time getting grass to grow. Areas that experience drought are not a lost cause, however, and there are many varieties of drought resistant grass available. Selecting one of these seeds will make growing your lawn much easier, and it can reduce the cost that you spend on manual irrigation throughout the year.

Top varieties of drought resistant grass

There are dozens of varieties of grass that are available for homeowners in the United States, many of which perform well in areas that experience drought. Each type of grass has many varieties of its own, but here are a few of the most popular grasses for areas that experience large amounts of drought:

  • Bahia grass is a great choice if you’ve had trouble growing grass in your lawn before. It grows in soil that is nearly infertile, and it is a fairly drought resistant grass. If you have a sprinkler system that you can use occasionally, you shouldn’t have any problem at all with Bahia grass.

  • Bermuda grass is a sun-loving grass that will stay green without much water. It works great in lawns that see a lot of foot traffic, so if you have children or lots of outdoor gatherings this can be an excellent choice for your lawn. The biggest downside of Bermuda grass is that it requires more mowing than some of the other drought resistant grass varieties.

  • Buffalo grass is a better choice if you aren’t interested in mowing as frequently as Bermuda grass requires. Buffalo grass is grown most frequently in the midwest due to its cold tolerance, but it will work well in any sunny lawn with low traffic. It grows slowly, making it a great fit for homeowners who are seeking a low-maintenance lawn.

  • Fescue grass is a cool-season crop, so if you live in a very warm area you should probably select a different grass. It features suburb water absorption following drought, meaning it will hold on to these nutrients for quite some time in case rainfall is infrequent.

  • St. Augustine grass is great choice for your lawn if it is mostly shade covered. In direct sunlight St. Augustine will dry up quickly, but if you have several trees in your lawn this can be one of the easiest types of grass to grow.

  • Zoysia grass is a top choice for drought-plagued areas. It grows well in both sunny and shady lawns, and it handles regular foot traffic well.  Certain varieties of zoysia grass are most drought resistant than others, so make sure to research the type of seed that you’re buying beforehand.

There are other grasses that grow well in dry areas, and an expert can point you in the direction of the best one for your lawn. If you’re having trouble growing grass, calling a lawn care company can make a huge difference.

Drought resistant grass is great for dry areas

Just because the weather in your area is dry, it doesn’t mean that a green and healthy lawn is outside of your reach. Even without extensive irrigation, these grasses can make it possible for you to have a healthy lawn. If you still don’t have luck after planting one of these grasses, consider getting in touch with a lawn care professional.

Lawn care companies will know all about your area and the best type of grass to plant. That’s not all, they’ll also be able to let you know about the best lawn maintenance practices and various lawn treatments that may benefit your lawn. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, doing so could be the difference in a healthy lawn and a dead one. Give a few lawn care companies in your area a call and ask about their methods for making grass thrive, even in the driest of lawns.


TruGreen will gladly visit your property as often as needed between scheduled visits to make any necessary adjustments and to ensure your satisfaction.

Getting Started with TruGreen

1. Call or fill out the form above to reach a lawn care specialist.

2. Know the square footage of your yard, as well as any specific areas of concern.

3. With the help of your specialist, create a customized lawn care plan that meets your lawn's needs.

4. Schedule your Healthy Lawn Analysis to start your service.