When it comes to native grasses, Kentucky bluegrass is truly Mother Nature's Masterpiece. When left untended
in the wild, this tough productive grass will aggressively crowd out most other grass varieties including fescues. As recently
as 40 years ago, the majority of the bluegrass seed grown in the country was grown and processed right here in our area.
Bluegrass will make the most desirable lawn with the least effort
of any turfgrass species for 10 months out of the year. Improved varieties of Kentucky bluegrass produce the darkest
green color available for lawn grasses. Bluegrass has runners that allow it to spread, fill in bare spots, and repair
itself from damage. This unique quality makes it more wear tolerant than fescue or buffalo grass and ideal for safe
playing surfaces on sports fields or front lawns.
Local sod growers who take pride in their turf and know the bluegrass secret. In cool weather,
feed bluegrass with Renovator and mow it tight and the weeds will disappear.
While bluegrass requires some irrigation to maintain
summer color, mature bluegrass can survive extended droughts in a dormant state.
Irrigating bluegrass with 1 inch of water on ten day intervals in July and August and
reduced mowing will sustain most bluegrass color.
Elite Kentucky bluegrass varieties recommended for Kansas City
include Bluemaster®, Front Page®, Arrowhead®,
and Corsair®. These varieties show characteristics for dark color,
disease resistance, heat tolerance, and wearability that make them an excellent choice for Kansas City lawns. Estate Mix™, which include elite bluegrass varities and sports turf perennial rye grass, is an excellent choice
for spring seeding and fall renovation.