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Kansas Sod Guide

In this article we'll explore the optimal sod varieties for Kansas. We'll also delve into their associated costs and the ideal times for laying to ensure growth.

transition zone

For best results, lay grass in spring or fall, and choose species that can handle both sweltering summers and frosty winters.


Kansas rocks a four-season vibe with its continental climate, delivering blazing summers and biting winters. Grasses that can hold their own in both searing heat and icy chill come out on top in the Sunflower State.

Got grass to lay in Kansas? Set your sights on spring and fall.

During these seasons, temperatures play nice, creating prime growing conditions for your green friends. Drop your grass seeds in fall, and they'll dig in deep, establishing robust root systems just in time for winter's arrival.

Kansas sprawls across the "Tallgrass Prairie" grass zone, home to towering grasses that reach skyward up to six feet. This zone blankets most of the eastern part of the state, serving up a smorgasbord of natural grazing for bison and cattle.

Which grasses grow best in Kansas?

In the world of landscaping, not all grasses are created equal. Each thrives in a specific climate zone: cool, warm, or transition.

A geographical map highlighting Kansas located in the transition zone region of the United States
Kansas is a transition zone state and falls in the region higlighted above

Kansas, with its transition zone climate, prefers a particular set of grasses that relish the a wide range of temperatures. The following grasses are the easiest to grow and maintain in Kansas:

BermudaWarm-season grass, drought-tolerant, dense turf, ideal for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields. The price per square foot for Bermuda generally ranges from $0.35 to $0.65 per square foot.
BuffaloLow-maintenance, warm-season grass, drought-tolerant, thin bladed, suited for low-traffic areas. The price per square foot for Buffalo generally ranges from $0.55 to $0.80 per square foot.
ZoysiaWarm-season grass, slow-growing, dense turf, good for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields. The price per square foot for Zoysia generally ranges from $0.55 to $0.90 per square foot.
Tall FescueCool-season grass, shade-tolerant, deep-rooted, ideal for lawns, pastures, and sports fields in cooler climates. The price per square foot for Tall Fescue generally ranges from $0.60 to $0.85 per square foot.
Kentucky BluegrassCool-season grass, lush green, fine texture, good for lawns, golf courses, and sports fields in cooler regions. The price per square foot for Kentucky Bluegrass generally ranges from $0.35 to $0.70 per square foot.

While it's possible to grow grasses meant for other regions with proper care, attention and timing, these are the most common grasses in Kansas for residential lawns.

What is the best time to lay sod in Kansas?

For transition zones, consider the type of sod. For warm season grasses, aim for late spring. This gives them a full summer to establish before winter. For cool season grasses, fall is best, allowing roots to develop in mild temperatures. Whichever you pick, avoid extremes of summer and winter. So, late spring for warm grasses, fall for cool ones, and skip the severe seasons.

As you can see in the image below, you'll notice the most shoot growth (the grass above ground) and root growth in the spring and fall for cool season grases and during the summer for warm season grasses:

A graph showing the growth of cool season grasses throughout the year
Plant cool-season grasses during the Spring and Fall for best results
A graph showing the growth of warm season grasses throughout the year
Plant warm-season grasses in the late Spring, early Summer for best results

Best Grasses for Shade in Kansas

We know you've got shade in your Kansas lawn and you're looking for the best sod. Well, we've got answers, so hang tight. Here come the best grasses for shade in Kansas.

Feather Reed Grass, St. Augustine Grass, and Zoysia Grass. These are your top three. Let us explain why.

Feather Reed Grass thrives in full sun, but don't sweat it, it can handle partial shade like a champ. You're looking at needing four hours of sunlight daily and BAM, you've got a showstopper lawn.

St. Augustine Grass, here's a real shade lover. Illinois native, loves the heat and isn't going to panic at the first sign of cool weather. Four to six hours of sunlight is the sweet spot for this sod superstar. Kansas summers? St. Augustine Grass can do that.

Zoysia Grass, powerful name, powerful grass. This guy is a dense, slow-growing powerhouse that can stand up to high traffic areas. Looking for a workhorse that won’t tucker out in partial shade? Here's your answer. Zoysia needs about three to six hours of sunlight to flourish.

So, there you go. Feather Reed Grass, St. Augustine Grass, Zoysia Grass - these are your shade sockdolagers. Each one bringing something different to the table. Each one ready to handle the Kansas climate. Each one, the answer to your shade woes.

Don't fear the shade, embrace it. With these options, you're more than equipped to handle a little less sunshine and a lot more green. Go forth and sod up.

A picture of a shade tree over a lawn in Kansas
Shade tree over a lawn in Kansas

What grasses stay green year-round in Kansas?

As with anything agriculture related, there is some nuance to this question. There are many grasses that can stay green year round in but it depends heavily on your location within the state as well as any microclimates that may exist.

The following grasses have the ability to stay green year round in Kansas:

Grass TypeCaveats
BermudaIt typically goes dormant and turns brown after a few hard frosts in the fall and stays that way until temperatures consistently hit the 60s in the spring.
ZoysiaIt can stay green nearly year-round in milder climates without severe winter freezes or overly high summer temperatures.
Tall FescueIt typically stays green throughout the year in milder climates, given that it isn't overly stressed by heat or drought in the summer.
Kentucky BluegrassIt can retain its green color for much of the year when well-maintained, though harsh winter temperatures can push it towards dormancy and a browner hue.

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