How Kentucky bluegrass Grows
Kentucky Bluegrass grows quite slowly, and this grass type is primarily established from seed, but can also be established by plugs/sodding. Kentucky bluegrass forms a dense cover due to its vigorous rhizome system. Because of slow germination Kentucky bluegrass, is often planted with perennial ryegrass, as this grass type is quicker to establish.
How to Identify Kentucky bluegrass
Kentucky Bluegrass is characterized by it’s dark blueish/green color with fine blades of grass that are 2-4mm wide and have a boat-shaped tip. Kentucky Bluegrass also has a folded vernation with a triangular shaped seed head.
Pros of Kentucky bluegrass
- Good drought tolerance
- Recovers from stress quickly
- Forms a very thick, dense lawn
- Weed resistant
- Tolerant of cold winters
Cons of Kentucky bluegrass
Kentucky bluegrass has poor heat tolerance and will go dormant during extreme heat. However, once the heat subsides Kentucky bluegrass should regenerate.This grass type has poor shade tolerance, although shade can be slightly helpful to this grass type during the humid times of the summer. Kentucky bluegrass can take a long time to establish which can be frustrating for some homeowners, especially those who have a shorter season up north. This grass type can be higher maintenance as it requires a fertilization program to truly thrive. This grass type is not very wear tolerant, but with the right care it can recover from stress quickly which is why it is used in sports fields.