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Adaptation Of Kentucky Bluegrass - USA

Kentucky Bluegrass is a cool season grass growing best in soils with better fertility, more water and good drainage. Adapted for the very upper south with cooler, damper nights, into Canada, toward the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. Bluegrass is the number one cool season lawn grass grown. This grass is mostly planted in the mid to eastern U.S. and into Canada. Southern Tennessee and the Piedmont region  is the  imaginary line for the best area of southern adaptation of Kentucky Bluegrass.

Uses For Kentucky Bluegrass

Bluegrass is adapted for use in:

  • Commercial & Home lawns
  • Beautiful in meadows with wildflowers
  • Sports Fields - Football, Soccer, Baseball and more
  • Golf greens & fairways ( not suitable for golfing putting greens)
  • Pasture Grass
  • Reclamation and erosion control areas
  • Areas of coolness and high moisture

Improved Kentucky Bluegrass Varieties

In years past blue grass has been described as being disease and insect ridden. Years of genetic breeding have produced many new improved varieties with specific disease and insect tolerance bred onto the seed. A vast number of varieties (about 200+) were developed to improve specific desirable characteristics. The Kentucky Bluegrass seed blends are carefully chosen to represent the best all purpose bluegrass lawn for your area of adaptation. A good maintenance program can help to avoid many of the insect and weed problems that plague bluegrass. Healthy turf cut at the correct mowing height can greatly reduce insects and disease from developing.

Irrigation of Kentucky Bluegrass

Although requiring a lot of water, in extreme cases, bluegrass is adapted to enter a dormant stage and will loose its color and may appear dead. Lightly watering during this time will keep the grass from completely dying and when sufficient water is available the grass can reestablish above ground growth.

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Mowing Kentucky Bluegrass

Bluegrass is adapted to be fast growing when receiving fertilizer and water on a regular basis and will require more mowing in peak seasons. Keeping the grass cut to the correct height enables the sod to thicken at the base and become the dense lawn cover that bluegrass is praised for.

Never mow off more than 1/3 of the grass leaf. Optimum mowing height for Kentucky Bluegrass is 2 to 2 1/2 inches. When lowering height, it is best to do it
gradually -- reducing the height in 1/4 to 1/2 inch increments.

Soil

Adapted to a variety of soils growing best in a pH of 6.5 to 8.0. This means that many lawns will need additional lime added in the beginning stage and periodically throughout the lifetime of the grass and bluegrass can live many, many years if well maintained. Of course in some areas of the country the soil and water conditions are just right and very little amounts of additives may be needed.

The lawn itself is slower to establish taking up to 8-10 weeks to fully become "wearable".

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