Traits: Recovers well from drought, cold, and foot traffic. Popular for sod; seeds take up to 30 days to sprout. In hot weather, water twice as much as fescue.
When to plant: September
Newest varieties: 'NuDestiny' resists some fungi; 'Midnight' and 'Blue Velvet' are best for shade.
Alternatives: Fine-leaf and tall fescue