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If you want a green, healthy lawn that can withstand the weather of Pittsburgh, J Bird’s Landscaping has the tips you need! There are several varieties of grass, but only some are suitable for Pittsburgh, including:

Planting Grass Seed Kentucky Bluegrass

When you think of turfgrass, you likely picture Kentucky bluegrass. This grass features a lush dark green that sometimes almost appears blue, hence the name.

This is a cool season grass that requires at least four to six hours of direct sunlight. It can withstand high foot traffic and moderately tolerates drought. This type of grass can produce heavy amounts of thatch and requires fertilization to ensure it thrives.

Perennial Ryegrass

Another cool-season grass, perennial ryegrass, peaks during the colder months in Pittsburgh. If you are looking to thicken your lawn or want to fill in any dead patches you may have, this is a great option that is compatible with Kentucky bluegrass.

Perennial ryegrass prefers full sun and has a high drought tolerance. It can withstand high foot traffic and has a low need for maintenance and a low risk for disease. It also produces less thatch when compared to other cool-season grasses.

Fine Fescue

As the name suggests, fine fescue has a fine texture with a vibrant green color you can enjoy throughout the year. This is another cool-season grass that prefers less than four hours of sunlight each day.

Fine fescue has a moderate foot traffic tolerance and requires consistent watering to prevent damage to the grass. IT also has a higher risk of developing snow mold or disease but has a low risk for thatch build-up.

Tall Fescue

If you are looking for low-maintenance grass, look no further than tall fescue. This cool-season grass prefers direct sunlight and has a moderate to high foot traffic tolerance. It can also withstand a decent amount of outdoor activity and pet waste.

Tall fescue also has a low risk for disease and insect damage and will stay green even in the hot Pittsburgh summers.

How to Prepare Your Soil for Grass Seed

When preparing to plant grass, it is crucial to make sure your soil is fairly neutral. If your lawn has a pH that is below 6.0, we recommend that you spread agricultural limestone on your lawn during the fall or late winter. After applying limestone, make sure you till the lawn to ensure it is incorporated into the soil.

We also recommend that you plant your grass seed no later than October; this will provide it with two cool growing seasons before the heat of a Pittsburgh summer and dethatch your yard in the spring or fall. 

Need Help Choosing a Grass Type? We Can Help!

At J Bird’s Landscaping, we can help you choose the best grass for your Pittsburgh lawn to ensure it grows green and lush throughout the seasons. Contact us today to learn more!

Tips for Getting Rid of Standing Water

Standing water is not only an annoyance, but it’s also a threat to the structural integrity of your home, your health, and your lawn. At J Bird’s Landscaping, we’ve put together a guide to help you get rid of standing water and protect your home and your family. (more…)

Solutions for Mushrooms in Your Yard 

With the right mix of moisture, shade, and rich organic matter in our lawn’s soil, you may start to notice mushrooms cropping up. Mushrooms are a type of fungi or the reproductive part of fungi that live within the soil of your lawn. (more…)

Reasons for a Wet Yard

If you’ve noticed that your lawn always seems wet or frequently has standing water, you may be wondering what is causing this issue.
A wet lawn is a major inconvenience, with mud constantly being tracked into your home and your lawnmower always being clogged with wet grass. A wet lawn also creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos which can make your yard much harder to enjoy. (more…)

If you’ve been having issues with your yard or garden flooding, you may be wondering what you can do to stop it. You may have considered adding a retaining wall to your landscape.

While they don’t stop water from flowing, they can be used to help divert water away from your home and garden to prevent severe flooding. (more…)

How to Make the Soil Easier to Work With

When it comes to excavating in the wintertime, it’s essential to understand that the soil will not be hard as a rock for most of the season. Even if temperatures get below freezing during the evening, the sun will come out during the day and warm up the soil. With this in mind, you can see that the project is not likely to be challenging in the winter. (more…)

Should I Start My Excavation Project in the Winter?

If you have a project that requires excavation, you may be wondering, with winter approaching, whether excavation services are available. While it may seem like a great time to book your excavation services, you need to make sure it is a feasible project. (more…)

Reasons You’ll Need a Retaining Wall

Keeping your home and landscape beautiful is critical. You’ve invested a lot of time and money in your home’s appearance, and with a retaining wall, there are several ways you can protect that investment. You may consider installing a retaining wall if: (more…)

What are Trench Digging Services?

Trenches are long and narrow holes with varying depths and are dug for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Utility lines
  • Foundation footings
  • Water pipes
  • Sewage pipes
  • Drainage pipes
  • French drains

Prior to employing a trench digging service for utilities, be sure to contact your utility company or city. Oftentimes they will want to supervise the process to ensure everything goes smoothly. (more…)

As the weather warms up, you’ll be spending more time outside with family friends. Consider these ideas for upping the beauty and fun of your outdoor living space! (more…)