grass - dark green color and dense, beautiful appearance, medium leaf texture
with excellent leaf uniformity. Forms a strong sod via rhizomes.
RECOMMENDED USAGE: Widely adapted basic lawn grass of the cool,
humid, semi-arid and temperate regions - recommended for residential and commercial
lawns. Also, widely used on sports fields and play areas, parks, cemeteries,
commercial lawns and roadsides.
TEMPERATURE TOLERANCE: Thrives in cool weather
and will tolerate very cold winters - undergoes stress during extremely hot
weather, but will maintain good color and appearance if properly watered and
DROUGHT RESISTANCE: Medium - can go into summer dormancy when
irrigation is withheld; upon return of moisture supply, will green up again.
Some varieties have better tolerance to heat and drought.
SHADE ADAPTATION: Fair to poor - thrives in sunny areas - a few
varieties are moderately adapted to partial shade.
WEAR RESISTANCE: Medium - recovers quickly from occasional abuse
- will withstand moderate foot traffic usage - rhizomes enhance quick recovery,
especially in spring and fall. Consult your local Laytonsville Landscaping,
Inc. Company if more information is needed on this or other turfgrass species.
KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS MAINTENANCE: Taking good care
of your lawn often requires no more work overall than taking poor care of it.
A lawn that is properly mowed, fertilized and watered has far fewer problems
with weeds, diseases and insects. A well kept lawn also remains dense and attractive,
providing you much more enjoyment and environmental benefits.
WATER NEEDS: Moderate - apply 0.5 to 1 inch of water as a deep soaking
every 5 to 7 days to encourage a deep healthy root system during dry or hot
periods. Avoid frequent, shallow watering that results in shallow roots, permitting
weed germination and growth.
MOWING & THATCHING: Optimum mowing height 1 1/2 - 2 inches for
a high quality lawn. Mow regularly with a sharp rotary or reel mower, allowing
clippings from frequent mowing to remain on the lawn. Never remove more than
1/3 of the shoot growth at one mowing. Kentucky bluegrass may develop some thatch
at higher nitrogen levels. Prime time to dethatch is in early fall.
SOIL & FERTILIZATION NEEDS: Performs best in fertile, non-acid
reacting soil with good drainage. Fertilize twice a year, spring and fall, with
a complete fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphate and potassium. Apply 2.5
to 4 lbs. actual nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. per year for higher requiring nitrogen
varieties also apply fertilizer at 0.5 to I lb. nitrogen per 1,000 sq. ft. every
4-6 weeks. During summer, fertilizer rates should be reduced by 50%. Water thoroughly
DISEASE, WEED & INSECT CONTROL: New varieties have improved resistance
to diseases such as leafspot, stripe smut, powdery mildew, dollar spot, Typhula
blight, summer patch and rusts. If broadleaf weeds need to be controlled with
herbicide, the turf should be well established and in vigorous condition. Practically
all insects that damage lawns can be controlled biologically or with insecticides.
All information is based on average/normal conditions; individual sites and
situations may differ. Therefore, contact your local nurseryman or county Extension
Office if more detailed information is needed on specific maintenance questions.
Producers International, a not-for-profit association. Specific requirements
your turfgrass can be obtained by contacting a TPI member in your area.
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