Creeping grasses, as their common name implies, creep along the ground as they grow. In some cases, such as in turf grasses, this trait is desirable. Sometimes the line between desirable and undesirable is defined by the way the creeping grass is used and maintained.
Creeping grasses are usually classified by their tolerance of cold temperatures, so it’s important to choose one that best suits your climate. These grasses usually stay green during the winter but may turn brown in the summer in hot, dry weather. Cold-hardy creeping grasses include tall and fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Creeping bent grass is also cold-hardy. Buffalo grass, zoysia grass and St. Augustine grass are all warm-weather creeping grasses. They tolerate heat well and become dormant in the fall and winter.