To look its best, this grass necessitates a high amount of upkeep, but the benefits may be well worth it. Kentucky bluegrass may be an excellent choice for you, depending on your grass-growing location and lawn-care objectives. This species is hardy to zone 6 and tends to grow about one-half inch per day during the warm season. It's not unusual for Kentucky bluegrass to live for over 20 years and reach a height of up to 15 inches.
This perennial grass is native to Kentucky and contains nutrients that help maintain soil integrity. It has deep roots that reach down into moist soils looking for food, which allows it to thrive in areas where other plants would not survive. Because of this trait, bluegrass is useful as a ground cover or sport grass.
Kentucky bluegrass gets its name from its color, which changes with age: When it first emerges in spring, the grass is green. As it matures in summer, it turns yellow, and by fall it is brownish gray. The blue color comes from shallow scars on the stem caused when insects attack the plant. These markings give the grass a bluish tint, which is what people see when they first glance at it. However, if you get up close you will see there is more to it than just a blue color; there are actually several different colors in the bluegrass family, including white, purple, and red.
When given the correct growth circumstances and care, this grass produces a thick, rich, and long-lasting lawn that lives up to its name. However, Kentucky bluegrass alone is insufficient. It does require mowing regularly and feeding occasionally, but these tasks are easy for most people to manage.
Bluegrass is one of the easier grasses to maintain because it doesn't need much water and doesn't mind being dry sometimes. It's not likely to wilt or die if you don't water it often enough. If it does get too dry, though, it will need to be watered again soon after rain showers come around. The more frequently you mow your lawn, the less often you need to feed it.
Some types of grass require more maintenance than others. For example, zoysia needs to be fertilized regularly and bent into shape when it gets too tall. Ryegrass is still considered a lawn grass, but it does require some special care. For example, rolleas must be rolled annually to keep them cut back and loose, while centennials should never be cut below the top green leaf node.
The type of grass you select will affect how much effort it requires to maintain.
Kentucky bluegrass is by far the most popular and commonly utilized of all bluegrass species. It's one of the more attractive cool-season lawn grasses. It's well-known for its vibrant color, richness, and texture. It is available as seed or as sod. Seeds can be spread directly over the soil or placed in a container and buried in shallow soil until they germinate. Then the emerging plants are planted at least 3 inches deep. Sod must be purchased ready-to-plant in lengths that will allow it to grow into a lawn about 1/4 inch thick. It's recommended that you let the sod sit outside for up to 30 days before planting it so it can dry out slightly and develop a stronger root system.
Kentucky bluegrass is highly resistant to insects and diseases, which is why it is so popular with gardeners. It's hardy and easy to maintain, making it perfect for any home yard. It does not require much water except when it is young and growing quickly. Then it needs to be watered regularly to keep the grass from dyinging.
This bluegrass is native to Kentucky but has been introduced to other parts of the country. It was first brought to Maryland where it has become quite invasive. There is no way to stop people from moving it, so if you find some in your yard you can't remove, call your local landscaping company to come take it away.
Because it is nutritious, pleasant, and tolerant of close grazing, bluegrass makes an ideal horse pasture feed. Kentucky bluegrass can withstand harsh winters but not the hot, dry summers seen further south. It grows slowly and hence yields little. It is more susceptible to insects and diseases than many other grasses, but these problems can be minimized by keeping your horse's environment clean and free of weeds. Bluegrass also has a moderate level of acidity that helps to prevent calcium from being lost through its soil. For these reasons and more, it is no surprise that horses love this grass.
Horses obtain most of their nutrition in food, which is divided into two categories: nitrogen-rich nutrients such as protein and phosphorus-rich nutrients such as calcium. Grass contains all the nutrients required by horses to function normally. Therefore, if given a choice between eating grass and consuming foods derived from plants, most horses will choose the former. However, this preference is not always easy to satisfy because horses will eat only so much grass at a time. This means that you will need to provide them with enough green fodder daily. If you have a large property with different types of grass, then divide your efforts between growing more of what they like and what suits your land best. Horses are very adaptable animals that can use a wide variety of food sources to meet their needs.
Bluegrass is an excellent source of nutrients for horses.