We use different species of grass and sod on out day-to-day operations. Here are some of the species that we work with on a daily basis. Each has its own merits and demerits and that’s what we try to compare below.


ryegrassRyegrass English is the species that is most used in lawn mixtures. It is a grass species that grows reasonably fast and requires very little maintenance. This is a very aggressive grass which is generally a good characteristic since it doesn’t allow bad herbs to grow.

  • Advantage: Its major advantage over other species is its resistance to trampling, making it one of the most suitable species for sports fields.
  • Disadvantage: It tends to lose its color above 25 ° C.


fescues redThe red fescues have a thin, dense foliage and bear very clear-and frequent mowing. There are 3 types of red fescue frequently used in mixtures for turf:

The Creeping Red Fescue: FESTUCA RUBRA

  • Advantage: Robustness, excellent durability – Its color remains longer than most of the other fescues that we work with. It has very strong roots permitting a good regeneration and therefore good resistance to trampling.
  • Disadvantage: features a foliage coarser than other red fescues

The Creeping Red Fescue ½ FESTUCA RUBRA litoralis

creeping 1/2Red Fescue ½ fescue has a very fine and dense foliage, making it an ideal variety for a beautiful lawn, very aesthetic. In addition to its beautiful coloring the creeping red fescue ½ is fairly resistant to trampling.

The red fescue turf: FESTUCA RUBRA commutata

The red fescue turf has a very fine and dense foliage. This species is usually used for golf courses.

Sheep fescue (Festuca ovina)

sheepSheep’s Fescue is a species that adapts very well to difficult conditions and different soils:

  • Advantage: It’s very aesthetically pleasing, dense foliage, low maintenance and grows slowly
  • Disadvantage: Sensitive to trampling, which means that it’s not ideal for a sports field


The Tall fescue adapts to various situations, which makes this a great species to work with. It keeps its color during periods of drought, bears the excess water, and resists very well to trampling.

  • Advantage: Resists drought and harsh conditions
  • Disadvantage: Aesthetics, it grows slower than RGA

The Kentucky Bluegrass (POA PRATENSIS)

The Kentucky bluegrass is a species that is very durable and very resistant to trampling. Therefore it is mainly used in different sports.

  • Advantage: trampling resistance, support and frequent mowing shave
  • Disadvantage: Its appearance and slow implementation

Bentgrass (BENTGRASS capillaris)

Often used for golf courses mainly due to its fineness and its great density, Bent is a species used in premium real estate properties and gardens all over the world.

  • Advantage: Very fine and dense foliage, very good resistance to different atmospheric conditions.
  • Disadvantage: Sensitive to drought

For 95% of our projects we use one of these species, if you’re interested in learning more about our placement process be sure to visit the following link: http://www.raysbrooksod.com/lawnreplacements/