How to Pick Utah Specific Grass and Plants

Everyone wants a lush, green lawn to welcome them to their yard when they come home every day. Spring is the perfect time to update or install a lawn in your front yard. Some people think that maintaining a lawn is a difficult task that will take up all of your free weekends and evenings.

This is only the case if you don’t have the right type of grass. However, if your lawn doesn’t seem to want to stay alive longer than a single season, it’s possible you’re using a lawn seed that doesn’t thrive in Utah. Maintaining a lawn shouldn’t be any harder than mowing it regularly and making sure to get rid of any weeds.

What kinds of grass grow best in Utah

There are so many different types of grass. Whether you’re wanting to use grass seed directly on a patch of dirt to grow your lawn naturally, or you’re wanting to install sod for an instant lush lawn, there are different things to consider.

Not only do you need to consider how you’re wanting to install your lawn, but you need to think about what kind of grass you want. There are a lot of different kinds, types, and species of grass, but only some of them do well in Utah.

We have a unique climate, and so you’ll want grass that will respond well to the air around it. Luckily, there’s a pretty good list of grasses to choose from that will flourish in your yard.

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-OSP Ryegrass


-Bermuda Grass

-Buffalo Grass

-Zoysia Grass

Other plants that thrive in Utah

If you’re wanting to expand your front yard to include flowers, shrubs, or any other type of plant, you’ll want to follow the same climate guidelines, and make sure you pick a plant that does well here in Utah. Some good shrubs to line your yard with that will do well in Utah are Barberry, boxwood, dwarf Korean lilac, Miss Kim lilac, Viburnums, cherry laurels, yews, and junipers.

Perennial plants

Perennial plants are plants that are generally considered to be very hardy and will grow back year after year. After you’ve planted them the first year you want them, they’ll come back when the weather gets warm for many years to come, which makes them a great low-maintenance option. Some perennial plants that do well in Utah include Yellow Tickseed Coreopsis, Munstead lavender, John Cabot Rose, September Charm wildflower, and the McKana columbine.