Latin Name: Poa pratensis L. and Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.
Growth Habit: Rhizomatous
Leaf: Smooth on both surfaces; two light lines adjacent to midvein; boat-shaped tip
Ligule: Short, membranous, truncate
Description: Kentucky bluegrass is a cool-season, fine-textured turfgrass that spreads by rhizomes. It typically has fine leaf texture and dark color which make it an appealing alternative to Tall fescue in the northern parts of Texas where cool-season turfgrasses can sometimes persist as perennials. It is often planted in conjunction with Tall fescue or as a component of many cool-season seed mixtures that contain Tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and/or annual ryegrass. These mixtures are most successful when planted in shaded areas where warm-season species may struggle, particularly in the northern parts of Texas. However, like all cool-season grasses its lack of heat and drought tolerance do not make it a widely planted turfgrass in Texas.
Strengths: Rhizomatous growth habit, shade tolerance, cold tolerance, and tolerates low mowing heights
Weaknesses: Poor heat and drought tolerance, disease incidence
Recommended Mowing Height: Home Lawns: 2 to 3.5 inches; Golf courses: 1.5 to 2.5 inches
Recommended Mowing Frequency: Home Lawns: Weekly using a rotary mower; Golf Courses: 2-3 times per week
Fertilization Requirements: 2 to 3 lbs N per 1,000 ft2 per year. Single application rates should range from 0.5 to 1 lb of N per 1,000 ft2 applied during the spring and fall growing season.
|Kentucky and Hybrid bluegrass Varieties Available in Texas|
|Many available||Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Bella||Poa pratensis L.||Sod|
|Armadillo||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Bandera||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Dura Blue||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Fahrenheit 90||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Fire and Ice||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Longhorn||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Reveille||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed/Sod|
|Solar Green||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Thermal Blue||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|
|Thermal Blue Blaze||Poa arachnifera Torr. x Poa pratensis L.||Seed|