What of the drought grasses mentioned Buffalograss, Blue grama, crested wheat grass or Sideouts grama grass, would most likely trigger allergy issues? Which one the least? Where to buy? Plant as sod? May we have instructions on "planting," care and maintanence, please?



Most of the warm season grasses, like the ones you mentioned, may cause fewer problems with allergies because they tend to green up late in the year and then go dormant fairly early in the autumn. Having said that, all grasses produce pollen and may cause an allergic reaction. The grasses that most commonly cause allergic reactions are:


•     Bermuda grass

•     Fescue

•     Johnson grass

•     Kentucky bluegrass       

•     Orchard grass

•     Perennial Rye

•     Redtop

•     Timothy grass


No matter which grass you choose one of the ways in which you can help control grass allergies is to keep the lawn mowed so that it produces fewer flower heads and pollen. 


As far as where to purchase these types of grasses that would depend on what either the individual nursery or grower has chosen to carry. 


To prep your area for either seed or sod you should:


1.  Have a soil test done to determine what nutrients are available in the soil and which are needed.

2.  Remove debris from the site.

3.  Remove and control any weeds.

4.  Rough grade the area.

5.  Add any soil amendments that are needed.

6.  Do the final grade of the area.

7.  Sow seed or install sod.



Below is a link on basic lawn care. 



Posted on 10 Oct 2008

Heidi Wayman
Horticulture Intern, Salt Lake County

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