Kentucky Bluegrass


Kentucky Bluegrass is known as the most popular cool season grass. It is native to Europe, northern Asia and the mountains of Algeria and Morocco. It is said that colonists brought the bluegrass seed over to the US with mixes of other grasses.

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This turfgrass is popular in the northern part of the United States. It is known as a high quality grass that differs from bright green to bluish green in color. Kentucky Bluegrass is a perennial ground cover that is used in medium traffic areas and sometimes mixed with other grasses to make a multi-purpose lawn.


Bluegrasses are slower growing and sometimes take up to one to two months for full establishment. This turfgrass has a moderate growth pattern that allows it to fill in bare spots.



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Specifics:
  • Growth of 18-24 inches
  • easily identified by boat-shaped leaf tip
  • day length influenes shoot growth and development


Roots:
  • root growth greatest in fall and spring, but dramatically slows down in the summer
  • growth peak is at 60 degrees Fahrenheit
  • growth is decreased at temperatures over 70 degrees Farenheit

Varieties:
  • over 100 different types

Management:
  • mow when grass is over 2 inches tall
  • never take off more than 1/3 of the leaf
  • 2 inches of water a week on the grass is required.
  • add 5 to 6 pounds of soluble nitrogen the first application

Pest Control:
  • white grubs, billbugs, and sodworms are harmful to bluegrass
  • proactive pest managements is extremely more cost effective



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Sources: http://www.bluegrasses.com/
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/turf/publications/bluegrass.html
http://www.american-lawns.com/grasses/bluegrass_ky.html

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