With the warmer weather approaching (and here for the most part), you start to see the water fly.

Things start turning from brown to green as people set those sprinkler systems and bring back that plush grass.

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The question though, is what grass grows the best in Amarillo and the Panhandle area?

We're a cold-weather climate here because of our winters, so when choosing the right grass, you want to keep that in mind. If it's green year-round you're looking for, there are three different types of grass you want to focus on. All of these types of grass are considered cool-season grasses and should be your focus when deciding what to go with.

TALL FESCUES

Tall fescue is a bunch type turfgrass. This one will provide you near year-round green grass. One downside to this type of grass is a very limited underground stem system. What this means is that it's not able to spread to fill in thin areas on the lawn. You'll have to patch those areas up yourself by generating new grass in those spots.

Upside to tall fescue is that the new turf-type tall fescues have a finer blade, and that's going to make your lawn look more attractive than many different types of grass out there.

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS

Here's another one that will typically hold its green color for the majority of the year. The thing I love about Kentucky bluegrass is that it has a solid shade tolerance, and that's needed here. It also has a decent drought tolerance, meaning when we can't water as much as we'd like it'll still hold up. It also holds up extremely well in the cold weather and seeing as how are winters aren't exactly warm, this is a major plus.

Downsides to Kentucky bluegrass are that it requires quite a bit more water than the tall fescues mentioned above, especially in the summer months to keep it green and plush. It also has a tendency to have disease problems in the summertime, so you'll have a bit more work and upkeep in order to maximize it.

HYBRID BLUEGRASS

This one might have the potential to be the absolute best one you can find. It's a cross between Kentucky bluegrass and Texas bluegrass. What is Texas bluegrass? It's a native bluegrass you typically find in west and southwest Texas, so it's already used to the soil here.

If you're looking for a grass that can hold up well in drought conditions, this is the one you want. It has an excellent tolerance to both drought conditions and heat as well, a couple of things we deal with often in Amarillo.

The major downside to this is that there's a very limited number of hybrids available at this time, so it could be somewhat difficult to find out there. Keep your eyes open though, because this may be the best of the bunch.

The Somewhat Small Towns of the Texas Panhandle

Say what now? Somewhat small?

That's right. These are the towns that seem massive when compared to teensy weensie two-stoplight towns like Pringle (30) or Kerrick (25), but they're definitely not on the same level as cities like White Deer or Panhandle....much less Amarillo.

Buckle up! We've got a places to go and towns to see! These populations are well over 100, but way less than 1000.

All aboard the Somewhat Small Texas Panhandle Towns tour!

Top 15 Under the Radar Cities in Texas

Texas is booming, and as more people move here, they'll be looking at areas like Austin or Houston to settle down. There are plenty of others places they ought to consider, though.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, along with data about home sales and public school ratings, Orchard recently ranked and graded the Top 15 Under the Radar Cities in Texas.

These are unexpectedly good places to make a life for yourself and your family in the Lone Star State. Did your hometown make the list?

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