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Mississippi Sod Guide

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

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Alright, let's break down Mississippi. A sultry subtropical wonderland, summers here are all steamy heat and high humidity, while winters keep things easy and mild. This is prime real estate for warm-season grasses.

They laugh in the face of heat and aren't too greedy about water. Ready to lay your Mississippi lawn? Aim for the golden window of late spring or early summer, when the soil's buzzing with warmth, perfect for your grass to root down deep.

Mississippi is a bit of a grass crossroads with northern parts of the state tucked away in the "transition zone". Here, warm and cool-season grasses can share the stage, depending on exactly where you are in the state. But let's be real, with summers like Mississippi's, the warm-season grasses usually steal the show.

Choosing the perfect lawn means getting to know your own patch of Mississippi. How much sun does it bask in? How thirsty is it?

Which grasses grow best in Mississippi?

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 Mississippi located in the warm season region of the United States
Mississippi is a warm season state and falls in the region higlighted above

Mississippi, with its warm season climate, prefers a particular set of grasses that relish the higher temperatures. The following grasses are the easiest to grow and maintain in Mississippi:

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.
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.
St. AugustineWarm-season grass, shade-tolerant, thick carpet-like turf, ideal for lawns in southern coastal regions. The price per square foot for St. Augustine generally ranges from $0.50 to $0.90 per square foot.
CentipedeLow-maintenance, warm-season grass, slow-growing, low fertility requirements, good for lawns in the southeastern US. The price per square foot for Centipede generally ranges from $0.50 to $0.95 per square foot.
BahiaWarm-season grass, drought-tolerant, deep-rooted, used for lawns, pastures, and erosion control in the southeastern US. The price per square foot for Bahia generally ranges from $0.30 to $0.60 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 Mississippi for residential lawns.

What is the best time to lay sod in Mississippi?

In a warm-season location, lay sod in late spring or early summer. This timing is ideal as the warmer temperatures and longer days will promote quick root establishment and growth. Avoid laying sod in the cooler months as the grass will likely enter dormancy, slowing down the root establishment process. So, for success, stick to late spring or early summer when it's 75 to 90 degrees out.

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

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 Mississippi

We Mississippi folks sure do love our lush lawns, but boy, dealing with shade can be tricky, right? Chasing the sun around your yard is no simple mission. Let's cut to the chase, not all grasses are created equal. So, which champions thrive in the shadows? St. Augustine, Zoysia, and Fescue rise to the task.

St. Augustine? A good ol’ boy, best known for its robust ability to handle shade like a pro. This grass doesn't fool around. A minimum of 5 hours of daily sunlight will do the trick. Any less, and you'll need a backup plan.

Zoysia? Now, there's a hard-hitter. Less thirsty than St. Augustine, it appreciates 5 to 7 hours of sunlight daily, but doesn’t sweat a little shade. Plus, its dense growth pattern manages to snuff out those annoying weeds for a clean, verdant finish.

Fescue? It’s a cool-season grass. Loves partial shade and can bear the brutal Mississippi summers like a champ. Surprise, surprise, you'll need 4 hours of sunlight to keep Fescue happy. Its deep roots prevent it from browning out during a drought, a major win if you ask us.

Preparing to lay sod in the shade? Use slow-release fertilizer, water deeply but less frequently, and raise your mower's blade. Trust us, your grass will thank you for it. Keep these tips in your back pocket, and that Mississippi shade won't ever keep you in the dark about your sod choices. Next up, let's talk watering schedules that optimize growth, shall we?

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

What grasses stay green year-round in Mississippi?

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 Mississippi:

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.
St. AugustineIt can stay green almost year round, but will go dormant and turn brown during cool-season months in colder regions.
BahiaIt tends to stay green throughout warm weather but may go dormant and brown in cooler weather or during periods of drought.

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