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 turf 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 it hard and mow it close 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®, Blue Sapphire®, Corsair® and Blue Wave™ blend. 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 some sports turf perennial rye grass, is an excellent choice for spring seeding and fall renovation.