What Type of Lawn Grass Is Best for Sacramento & Northern California?

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Sacramento has hot summer temperatures and moderate winter temperatures, while most of Northern California has temperate weather. Gardeners should choose the type of lawn grass that grows best in the local climate.



The right type of grass, planted in the right conditions, helps gardeners cultivate a healthy lawn, according to the National Gardening Association. Different types of grasses require different temperatures, sunlight exposure and rainfall amounts, according to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Types for Sacramento

Sacramento has hot summers and moderately cool winters. Turf varieties that can withstand hot summers in Sacramento include Bermudagrass, buffalo grass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustine grass and tall fescue, according to the University of California.


Types for Northern California

Coastal Northern California has cool overall temperatures, according to the Western Regional Climate Center. Inland areas have warm or hot summers and cold winters. Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues and perennial ryegrass withstand cooler coastal and mountain winter temperatures, according to the National Gardening Association.

Other Considerations

Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass withstand droughts and high traffic, according to the University of California. Fine fescues withstand shade and hot summers better than Kentucky bluegrass, so they deal better with hot inland summers.



Lisa Chinn

Lisa Chinn developed her research skills while working at a research university library. She writes for numerous publications, specializing in gardening, home care, wellness, copywriting, style and travel. Chinn also designs marketing materials, holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and is working toward a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.