Kentucky Bluegrass Guides
Whether you live in the north of the country, or one of the Southern transition states, Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most common turfgrass for lawns. It’s the ideal cool-season grass for erosion control, it displays a hardy profile against drier summer climates, and its long, bluish-green hue makes it the perfect choice for beautification.
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.
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”!