Every lawn is different. What grows well in one yard may not do so good next door. Sometimes a few miles or even a few hundred feet can make a significant difference in the type of grass that does well.
Growing a lawn using a particular type of grass, especially those commonly found in Alabama, have different requirements from one variety to another. Soils can vary greatly, as can drainage, and light levels. It is therefore important for the casual reader to understand that just because a certain type of grass is recommended for Alabama, it should be taken with a bit a speculation. Understanding your geology, topography, and degree of involvement in maintaining a healthy lawn is critical to your success.
Common turfgrasses used on Alabama homes:
Every turfgrass has some major pest problem that could limit its use in certain areas or locations. There are several different types of pest problems on turfgrasses in Alabama, including diseases, insects, nematodes, and weeds. Proper turfgrass management practices will keep most pest problems to a minimum.
Molecrickets have been found in Bermuda grasses and has become a problem in St. Augustine lawns along the coast.
Alabama Problem Insects
There are a few insects that can cause serious damage to your lawn once they reach a certain level of infestation. Other insects can cause harm to people if their populations become extreme. Here are the most common problematic insects faced by Alabama lawns:
Alabama Lawn Diseases
Promoting healthy growth and avoiding conditions that cause stress to your turfgrass is the best way to prevent a severe disease outbreak. Stressed lawns are an open invitation for a lawn disease to gain a foothold. Optimal maintenance practices are the best way of avoiding stressed turfgrass.
Even if a pathogen is present in the soil, infection will not occur unless the environmental conditions are conducive to disease development. Once turf diseases have become active, they can cause heavy damage if not treated properly. Here is a list of common diseases to Alabama lawns:
Professional lawn care organizations: Alabama Turfgrass Association was created to improve members expertise through continuing education. Also of interest might be the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.