To create and maintain a beautiful real lawn, the right blend of grasses shall be selected, which would be both good-looking and long-living.
There are two major groups of grass blends:
ornamental and special.
Ornamental lawns are not intended to be trodden upon frequently, but serve only as an aesthetic decoration making the plot pretty and snug.
According to the species of plants, an ornamental lawn can be:
- Regular (aka park-and-garden) lawn – the most common kind of lawn for cottages and private yards, being resistant to trampling and easy‑to‑maintain
- Grass parterre, or front lawn – perfectly dense, even, velvety coating of rich emerald colour. Requires careful care. The English lawn is a subvariety of the parterre, but with taller grass
- Meadow, or flowering lawn, consisting of not only grasses, but also flowering plants. It is particularly inviting and fragrant on blossom
- Moorish lawn consisting of grasses and flowers that go blooming in turns, one after another. Thus, it stays bright and colourful throughout the entire warm season
- Roll out lawn – not a blend of grasses from seeds, but a turf cover with grass already grown. It is easy to transport and quick to roll out
Special blends of grasses can be used, and pretty often, but each has its specific features:
- Sports lawn – hard dark green grass, nearly immune to trampling. It is applicable to children’s playgrounds, sports grounds, golf courses, tennis courts, horse racing courses
- Shade-tolerant blend of grasses that can grow in shaded or dark areas
- Light-loving grasses capable of resisting prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. It is a perfect choice for hot climates and sunny slopes
- Drought-tolerant blend of grasses that can do without water for a long time
- Liliput – a blend of low grasses that require much less mowing than others
- Regenerative grass – fast-growing undemanding grass used to repair worn out spots of lawn