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Kentucky Bluegrass - Poa pratensis



Cool-Season Grass, but can tolerate some heat


Full sun, can tolerate some shade

Not fussy, but needs well-drained soil

Needs regular, frequent watering

Fine-textured, with good color and vigorous spreading ability with rhizomes




Kentucky bluegrass gets its name from its rich, blue-green color, and is perhaps the cold hardiest of all turfgrasses, making a dependable lawn in many climates. Noted for its fine texture and dense, thick, habit, Kentucky bluegrass, though a few new varieties have some drought tolerance, generally requires regular watering to maintain its bright color through hot, dry seasons.

It also needs regular fertilization and mowing. Widely used for a good, general-purpose turf for residential lawns, parks, athletic fields, and golf fairways.

Very cold tolerant, but can take summer heat with regular watering.

Kentucky bluegrass flourishes in fall and spring when temperatures are cool, and in the summer when temperatures are moderate, but not too hot. Because of its shallow root system, it requires frequent irrigation during the summer. It will grow well in most soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Kentucky bluegrass mixes well with perennial ryegrass and fine-leafed fescues.

Unique qualities:

More than 200 varieties
Most popular choice for lawns
Low to moderate maintenance
Can recover from traffic
Can develop thatch

Optimum Mowing Height: 2 to 3.5 inches (5 to 9 cm) - Do not mow below 1 inch (2.5 cm)

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