The Most Common U.S. Grasses

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Ever wondered what the most common type of grass in the United States is? Thankfully, this infographic, submitted by http://www.grass-types.com, is ripe and ready to provide an answer to this question. There are, as it turns out, really only 12 grasses that predominate the U.S. landscape. We here at the Showcase have decided to present them to you in a song to the tune of “We didn’t start the Fire.” Here goes:

Bent, Bermuda, Buffalo. Rake them with a garden hoe. Bahia, Fescue, Pasplum, Zoysia grass and Rye. St. Augustine, Centipede. Care for them; they’re no ragweed. Carpet grass, Kentucky Blue and we ran out of song! We didn’t start the grass war…”

Our little gimmicky songs on this blog have seen better days, methinks. Anyway, moving on. Like Sportscenter, the graphic has a brief, but important, “Did you Know?” segment. It asks, “did you know that 20% of the Earth’s vegetation is grass?” My answer: no, I did not. And frankly, that fact that it’s so little scares me. Should it?

Another graph indicates the “thirstiest” kinds of grass. No matter how many gallons of water it “drinks,” Carpet grass is always thirsty. Another graph compares the growing height of the grasses, and it turns out that rye grass grows higher than any of the others. Based on the data from the graph, it appears that rye grass is actually a winner by a longshot.

If you cut your own grass, you’ll be interested in this stat. Buffalo grass has the highest height on average. Now, here’s something you probably didn’t know. One type of Bamboo has been found growing 100 feet tall. It must have been fun to cut that, assuming someone had to. Frankly, if grass is that high, I would just leave it alone. The graphic also touches on the economic angle of these grasses. Paspalum grass is high class indeed, states the graphic. It costs $45 a pound, making it the most expensive grass in America.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B+

The color scheme leaves a bit to be desired. Sure, it does need to be green, I suppose, but the shade of green used wasn’t very potent. I think a darker, brighter shade of green would have a given the graphic the kind of punch it needs in order to be at the “A” level.

Content: B+

Without a doubt, this graphic serves to increase your love and interest in grass, if it wasn’t already well-established. The bits about which grass types are the most expensive, the most tolerant to temperature changes etc. hold your attention. At no point while I was reading the graphic did I say, “I’m bored now.”

Inofgraphic Showcase gives this graphic two giant green thumbs up for a job well-done!