Kentucky Bluegrass Guides
An important step before planting your Kentucky bluegrass seed is to prepare and grade the soil. No soil is perfect, especially the poor-draining, low quality sub-soils usually exposed by new construction. Taking the extra time and effort to improve your soil before seeding your bluegrass lawn will reduce your water usage and save you money for years to come.
In addition to water and sunlight, planting your new lawn from Kentucky bluegrass seed requires soil nutrients for good growth. However, not every soil is ideal for providing adequate nutrition for bluegrass seeds, especially the low quality soils that typically surround new construction. Fertilizing at the right time of year is necessary for adding supplemental nutrients to help your grass maintain its optimum health and beauty after it is established.
Although Kentucky bluegrass seeds are a cool-season lawn type, they prefer direct sunlight for optimal growth. Bluegrass seed lawns can still grow well in partial shade, however. Our Velvet Blue Blend and Blue Ribbon Turf Blend products are great choices for areas with minimal amounts of shade. They can be found with our Kentucky Bluegrass seed products. Both blends are traffic tolerant and have a medium texture, but the Velvet Blue Blend will take longer to grow into a full lawn because it is 100% Kentucky bluegrass seed. The Blue Ribbon Turf Blend contains perennial ryegrass seed as well as bluegrass seed, which will help it to establish more quickly.
You’ve planted your lawn with our high quality Kentucky bluegrass seeds. You’ve watered, fertilized, and mowed it till it looks nearly perfect—and then you start noticing the little “gifts” left behind by a beloved canine. You can hardly blame your pet for having to do its business, and may just be relieved that it’s not in the house! But how do you deal with this nuisance that man’s best friend can produce?
Kentucky bluegrass, a cool-season perennial, is admired for its fine texture and dark green color. But that color will not last long unless it is fertilized. Fertilizer provides supplemental nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil, elements that a lawn needs in abundance in order to grow steadily.
People plant Kentucky bluegrass seed lawns for their dark green color, the thick, dense growth, and their comfortable texture. But they are also known for being extremely water thirsty - probably more so than other types of grass seed. Consider some of these facts: Most lawns need an average of 1 to 1 ½” of water per week, while Kentucky bluegrass needs at least 2” of water per week, and sometimes even 2 ½” per week during the summer. In terms of total supplemental irrigation per year, Kentucky bluegrass needs 24 to 26” of supplemental irrigation, while other lawns need as little as 10”!