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Bluegrass has been grown in the United States since colonial times and was probably brought here by the early Europeans. Overtime bluegrass became the standard by which all other cool season grasses are measured as to
quality, texture, color and longevity for beautiful, cool season lawns.
Years of breeding and research have
produced many new varieties and bluegrass blends that have better color, are higher in disease resistance
and can be mown lower. With Kentucky Bluegrass becoming the leading bluegrass species to be planted for lawns, sports fields, golf courses and more.
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Kentucky Bluegrass is clearly the leading favorite
for lawns. As one of the oldest grasses cultivated for centuries from the original variety,
the properties that make Kentucky Bluegrass a leader have been enhanced and developed into at least
200 + different and yet similar cultivars. The basic genes for durability, color, leaf
texture, plant material abundance, cold hardiness and sod density have been improved
upon in these new varieties.
Kentucky Bluegrass still remains "companionable" for mixtures with other grass or crops.
Ease of seeding and harvesting this grass has made these developments possible. This
species has the finest blades and can remain green year round in some areas.
Popularity of Kentucky has led to millions of acres of lawns and pastures being planted
on the north American continent alone.
Bluegrasses are divided into separate species varieties: Kentucky Bluegrass, Rough Bluegrass , Canada Bluegrass and the new Supina Bluegrass - The Kentucky Bluegrass varieties are further divided
into classification "types". We have provided this PDF document from Seed Research Of Oregon listing the
classifications of Kentucky Bluegrass varieties.
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Sodded or easily grown from seed makes
Kentucky Bluegrass the number one cover choice of the cool season grasses.
Many Bluegrass varieties (or
cultivars as they are also known) have been developed over the years from this specie
producing a better range of color, increased blade width and sod density. Many
varieties were further developed for tougher use in the athletic fields where the turf
base needs to be impervious to damage. Since the Kentucky Bluegrass varieties are quite extensive many
blends have been chosen by the experts to produce the best lawn possible. This blending
can cover many of the older problems related to bluegrass by choosing ones developed for
better drought resistance, lower growth habit, fungus resistance and many more desirable
Bluegrass Species & Their Characteristics
Rough Bluegrass (Poa Trivalis) also has a finer texture than
many grasses but is coarser than the better Kentucky Bluegrass variety.
Rough bluegrass (POA TRIVIALIS) can stay green through the winter in milder weather. This grass specie is a lower
maintenance grass than the Kentucky bluegrass and is often grown for this reason alone. In
the northern climates this species is considered a perennial and is grown as a permanent
lawn cover. In the warmer climates it is used as an annual cover for the wintertime and
in overseeding the permanent warm grass lawns for winter while in their dormancy
state. Rough bluegrass has better cold hardiness
than Kentucky bluegrass growing farther north into Canada. As with all the bluegrass varieties the natural preference is
for wetter conditions. Poa Trivialis Varieties available at Seedland change from time to time due to limited production of these types.
Supina bluegrass (Poa supina), also called Supernova Supina, is an elite cool-season grass that is native to the Alps of Europe and has been used there for over 30 years. Supina
has gained popularity in the USA for used on athletic fields, golf courses and lawns. Supina is ideal
for high traffic areas and dense shade areas. Supina has the ability to thrive in moist shade areas (up to 90% shade) and does best when mowed shorter than other cool season grass varieties as it will thin out and become thatchy if allowed
to grow too tall. Supina bluegrass has an ideal mowing height of .05" on golf courses and 3/4" to 1.5" in sunny areas. In heavy shade the mowing height is up to 2.5". Read
more about the elite bluegrass Supina here at www.turfgrasses.com/info/supina.html.
Canada Bluegrass (Poa compressa) Adapted for the colder regions farther north than the other two species as the name implies (Canada) this grass
is usually found more in low-maintenance, conservation type lawn areas and in areas of poor soil.
Natural genetic adaptations have enabled this grass specie to develop a more compact,
creeping growth habit to withstand the severe temperatures and stress of growing in the
far north. Canada Bluegrass is often grown in poorer soils and in hard to access areas
making this species ideal for erosion control, conservation areas, parks and any
location where low maintenance is a requirement and necessity. Currently Seedland does not sell a Canadian Bluegrass variety.
Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) - This grass is a nuisance weed that you want to avoid in a good Bluegrass lawn. Do
not purchase seeds that contain annual Bluegrass seed.
Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) - Kentucky Bluegrass is the most planted of the bluegrass varieties. KBG requires
good irrigation (or a naturally moist soil), fertilization and mowing schedules to produce thick, compact sod with fast
blade growth. Kentucky Bluegrass is used in lawns, athletic fields, golf courses, parks, anywhere
beautiful green coverage year round is needed in the cool season region. The many varieties afford
the homeowner with better access to lawn "prescriptions" for problem areas.
Upgrading Kentucky Bluegrass
lawns with better qualities can be done at the time of reseeding. This is a cheaper,
easier method than renovating an entire lawn and many people don't realize that the
varieties can be mixed without causing harm to the existing grass. There is no
"one" grass to completely suit every need or problem but given the number of
choices in the bluegrass line at least the choice is available to everyone. The mixing of
ryes and fine fescues extend the range of problems (shade tolerance, disease resistance, drought tolerance) that may be overcome with the right variety
of each in the "mix".
Approximately 200+ improved, different varieties of
Kentucky Bluegrass are for sale commercially from various seed
companies throughout the USA. Check at your extension service
for the one or more that are best suited for your area. Most of
these varieties are blended for greater versatility and are always
dependant upon yearly harvest. Seedland sells a range of quality Kentucky Bluegrass varieties
(both price and quality). We also have several Bluegrass Mixtures and Blends
that perform well in the USA :
The "Single Variety"
KBG VARIETIES Sold At Seedland.com
- Blue Ridge Kentucky Bluegrass
- New improved variety
Kenblue Kentucky Bluegrass Seed forms a good, BASIC utility cover and overseeding variety. Early green up with
bright green color and has good stress tolerance. Economical and highly useful in erosion
areas and reclamation sites as well as lawns.
Midnight Kentucky Blue Grass is one of the darkest green of the varieties, features disease
resistance with spring and fall density. BEST Bluegrass
available. - Popular with Seedland customers!
Bluegrass - An elite bluegrass with excellent shade
tolerance.. for use in those high shade areas where traditional type Kentucky Bluegrass fails. Will tolerate low mowing levels down to 1/2" in height.
Kentucky Bluegrass Seed Mixtures & Blends Sold at Seedland
Please visit our online store for
a complete listing of Bluegrass Seed Mixes and Blends sold at Seedland.com.
- Pennington's Kentucky Bluegrass Smart Blend - A premium grass seed blend of 3 to 4 Turf-Type superior blue grass varieties. With Pennington's Myco Advantage™, an
exclusive blend of beneficial, all-natural root organisms that contribute to plant growth, enabling a smart lawn to flourish with much less water and work.
Kentucky Bluegrass Blend - A blend of three to five of top performing bluegrass varieties, developed for superior turf grass performance and improved disease resistance. This blend is
made to maximize turf performance and improved disease resistance.
- Seedland Bluemix - (Economy Mixture)
But with a good mid-range variety of Bluegrass, Perennial Ryegrass
and Fine Fescue. Nothing "cheap" here. - OUR MOST POPULAR
BECAUSE OF COST / VALUE.
- Seedland's Elite Mix - Premium Mixture with Midnight
Kentucky Bluegrass! This is our BEST PREMIUM
Blend with Midnight KBG and a quality Perennial Ryegrass and
Creeping Red to handle shade areas.
Available Only at Seedland - where you can purchase this Midnight Bluegrass
- Mid America Super Shade Mix
- Fine Fescues & Bluegrass - Excellent shade mixture for
heavy shade areas. If this one doesn't survive, then you
need to thin out your trees. Very popular for shade problem
Kentucky Bluegrass Turf-type
are available from Seedland.com
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