Science Corner: Types of Grass

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Jayleen C., Staff Writer

      Ahhh… grass, that green stuff you sit on at the park or perhaps your dog has tried to eat it. But did you know there are actually many different types of grass? Let’s go over some common types so one can recognize and distinguish the different types just by looking or feeling the grass the next time they roll down a hill. 

      First of all, we have the very common Buffalo grass; this is most likely the grass you’ll find in lawns. Next, we have Kentucky Blue. This grass is very thick and full and does, in fact, have a blue hue. Swordgrass has its name for a reason; one touch can make you bleed. Now, Fine Fescue can make one feel as if they are laying on a cloud. This grass is soft, cushioning, and great for naps. Likewise, Zoysia grass is also soft and squishy, nice and lush grass. Panicgrass can come in many shapes and sizes.  Panic grass is native to tropical regions and northern temperature zones.  Some types include switch panic grass and redtop panic grass. Panicgrass can grow twenty to forty inches tall!

       Furthermore, St. Augustine grass is also a common lawn grass that does well in shady areas and does not thin out like other grass. On the contrary, St. Augustine takes high maintenance when it comes to fertilizing and trimming one’s lawn. One is most likely to find ladybugs and perhaps spiders in Tall Fescue grass. Chinese silver grass can handle moisture very well and for this reason, Chinese silver grass thrives in the Southeast and Unites States because of the constant rainfall. In addition, Finger grass or crabgrass is the circular bunch of grass that spreads out from your lawns. Reed Canary grass can be found by bodies of water. Expect to find dragonflies around Reed Canary as well as frogs to be found at the bottom. 

      Moreover, Wheatgrass can be found at places like Jamba Juice, where they blend it up and add it to your smoothie. The reason for this is because wheatgrass has many health benefits like helping skin diseases such as eczema, helps with muscle contractions, regulates blood pressure, can help one lose weight by suppressing one’s appetite, and is good for blood circulation. Bermuda grass is a high-end grass that can be found on natural golf lawns. Last but not least, Hierochloe Odorata, or Sweetgrass, is native to Northern Eurasia and Northern America. This grass has been used by indigenous tribes for millions of years in ceremonies. This grass is very good for bringing good and positive energy.  Sweetgrass smudge sticks can be used to ward off negative energy and bring positive energy.  

      In conclusion, grass can come in many different shapes and sizes. I advise you to use this strange but unique knowledge of grass the next time you visit your local park or go on a road trip.