North Idaho Hydroseeding
Kentucky Bluegrass is a cool season, perennial ground cover; forming a beautiful, high quality, dense sod when grown in pure stands. Grass color ranges from bright green to deep bluish green.

Bluegrass is often used in low to medium traffic areas and often incorporated with other grass species to produce a better multi-purpose lawn.
Bluegrass has a later green-up period and is often seeded specifically with ryegrasses for this reason. Bluegrass is one of the longest living perennials grasses grown. Although a reseeding grass; many factors over a period of time may thin or kill sections of these lawns and reseeding or patch seeding may be required. The reasons for this can be due to disease, insect damage, wear, climate swings, water deficiency, or other environmental factors. Reseeding affords the homeowner a chance to upgrade the present lawn with improved qualities.
Bluegrass can be fairly easy established from seed or sod. Seeded lawns establishment depends upon a well prepared seedbed, application of a starter fertilizer, following seeding guidelines with consistent watering schedules while the seedlings develop and thereafter as needed. Due to the slower growth of Bluegrass, full establishment takes time (1-2 months is not unusual). Bluegrass develops a shallow root system and is not a high drought tolerant grass, but it has the ability to go dormant in severe situations and can recover if watered intermittently keeping the lawn minimally growing during drought. Grass species evolved the best root system to cope with nature's stresses and help assure the longevity of each species.
Bluegrass grows by roots from single plants and at the same time sends out stems to form their own roots. This interweaves and supports the base making it denser as it grows. Less moisture can be lost this way to evaporation than with the more "open" growing plants with ground and air space between the plants themselves. This is why this grass falls into the creeping grass category.Bluegrass lawns are best mown over 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches to maintain a manicured appearance, thicken the base, and helps keep the most moisture in the grass during times of drought conditions. Lower mowing heights are only suggested for varieties especially developed as a dwarf type bluegrass. .

Bluegrass lawns are grown in the ice and snow areas of the country where the ground shifts and changes due to the weather conditions. This natural occurrence changes the topography of the lawn and sometimes it will be necessary to "roll" the lawn to flatten the small hills and firm the soil for better mowing conditions so that the grass will not become scalped during mowing. Uneven ground also keeps the blades from staying sharp and results in an choppy appearance when mown.

Lawn Fertilization: Maintaining the bluegrass lawn will require approximately 3 to 5 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet yearly. The actual amount needed is usually spread over 3 to 4 applications during the year and amounts applied are determined based on level of maintenance. High maintenance lawns need more N per 1000 sq. ft.Water Needs: Bluegrass's not a drought tolerant grass and needs a steady supply to maintain optimum growth. This does not mean to over water the lawn. Water only when the grass needs the extra moisture. The ground should be moist but not soggy. Although bluegrass can go into dormancy when the weather is too dry or a drought condition exists where you cannot water the lawn, this should be avoided to keep the lawn as healthy as possible to keep out insects and diseases. Weeds are easier to deposit for the next season or for years later when the grass isn't at "it's" best.

Weeding: Most bluegrass lawns are thick enough to choke out most of the weeds. Newly planted lawns if not treated with weed control beforehand will probably develop plenty of the ones that were left or deposited from wind, rain ,birds, etc. These need to be treated at the very first onset of spring. If planting in an area that contained or contains plenty of weeds nearby then a pre-emergence weed killer should be applied according to directions and weed type. Bluegrass lawns that have thinned out due to time, erosion, disease or insect damage will attract weeds also.


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