Kentucky Blue Grass: Most Popular of All Grasses
Kentucky blue grass is a cool season grass. Despite its name, the plant is not a Kentucky native. The English settlers brought Kentucky blue grass to North America in packing hay. There is a legend that the Indians could tell where the white man had been because they left a trail of blue grass behind them.
Kentucky blue grass is the most common of all grasses that are planted in the United States because it can withstand cold temperatures and it will grow almost anywhere. Kentucky blue grass is a dark green, fine grass. It is considered one of the best lawn grasses in appearance and color. Kentucky bluegrass has small green flowers on their stems which bloom from May to August. This grass is not only popular among humans, but it is a favorite for animals and birds. The grass provides a great ground cover for small animals and birds love to eat the seed from Kentucky blue grass.
When you go to choose a blue grass, you should be very selective about which variety you want in your lawn. Certain varieties such as Newport, Park and Delta are susceptible to leaf spot. Delta and Park may also have problems with yellowing in alkaline soils and Merion blue grass does not do well in shady yards.
All blue grass require ample watering. The grass will turn brown and go dormant in a very short time if it suffers from draught. Kentucky blue grass does not have deep roots, so watering your lawn every few days will not hurt it. You should also not mow your blue grass shorter than two inches.
There is also a weed known by the name of blue grass. It is important that you do not confuse it with Kentucky blue grass. The blue grass weed is part of the blue grass family. It is a lighter green than Kentucky blue grass and its roots are less shallow. The blue grass weed is a troublesome weed. It has seed heads that will give your lawn a white appearance. The good thing about the blue grass weed is that it will turn yellow and die when hot weather arrives. It is also a weed that only lives for one year – but there are some strains that are perennial. However, when they die their seeds go into the ground and they will germinate when cooler weather comes along.
To get rid of the blue grass weed, you should know that weed killers will only partially do the job. You should apply a crabgrass preventer in late summer and early fall. However, do not apply the crabgrass preventer if you plan to sow seed in the fall because they will not germinate. Another tip to keep the blue grass weed at bay is to not cut your lawn too short and to aerate your lawn when it becomes compacted.
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