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Recommended Grass For Kentucky Lawns

Kentucky --- You would think would be a Kentucky Bluegrass state, but it is actually more suited to planting Tall Fescue for lawns in the area. Kentucky Bluegrass is planted in the state, but Fescue handles the poor soil, traffic and shade problems better than Bluegrass. Fine Fescues are used in shady areas including in mixes of Turf Type Tall Fescues.

Bermudas and Zoysias (warm season grasses) are also planted since it is a transition area state for both warm and cool season grasses. Warm season grasses go dormant (turn brown) with onset of cooler weather. If you plant Bermudagrass using a seeded variety, be sure and plant one of the more cold tolerant varieties such as Mohawk.

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BEST PLANTING TIMES FOR COOL SEASON GRASSES

(1) FALL IS BEST TIME - Middle of August through the end of September is ideal to plant cool season Grasses.

(2) SPRING IS SECOND BEST- For cool season grasses the next best establishment time is from the middle of March to the middle of April is an ideal time to plant cool season grasses. -- Keep in mind that depending on the summer conditions some of your plants might not survive to fall. You may need to reseed (overseed) in the fall to fully establish your cool season lawn.

BEST PLANTING TIMES: WARM SEASON GRASSES

Warm season grasses should be planted starting in the spring to mid/early summer after the soil / air temperatures are 70 degrees or higher (under 95). Generally this is around May-June. Do NOT try to plant these once you have reached 90 days before first frost to avoid winter kill of small immaturely established seedlings. Warm season grasses need heat and moisture in order to best germinate and grow.

SOD: - Fastest way to get an instant lawn - Cool season sod can be planted just about year around (except during stress period of dry weather in the summers.) -- Warm season grass sods are best established in spring to mid summer, so that their root systems will have time to establish before frost / freezes turn the grasses dormant.

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Planting NEW LAWNS On BARE SOIL in Kentucky

Tall Fescue is generally the best lawn suited for growing in Kentucky. You should plant a turf-type improved lawn for the best results. The area should be graded so that drainage is at a slight slope (2-5 degrees). Make sure it is level so that it will look good, no dips, etc. --- A fine seedbed on top is usually best... You can broadcast a general fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 over the area to be planted prior to planting. visit www.lawnfertilizers.com for more on this.

After you have broadcast your seed... drag the area so that the seeds will be slightly covered by soil ... This will result in best germination. You should plant fescue when temps are in the 60-70 degree range for best results and germination.  You may need to reseed this fall, depending on how well your lawn survives the summer stresses.  Fall plantings are much more successful than springs ones.  

Plant both the ryegrass and the fescue at the same time. You can plant annual ryegrass, which will die out as the summer comes and the fescue should by then be established. Fescues for new lawns should be seeded at 8-10 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. ---

There are many choices on seeds, ranging from using a pure single variety such as Rebel IV that Seedland sells... to the many blends available such as the Defiance & Rebel Supreme Tall Fescue.  --- W

I would not recommend Kentucky 31 Tall Fescue for a quality lawn, as this is an un-improved pasture variety... unless cost is your main consideration - K31 is the cheapest and will make a general purpose low quality lawn. If you use the contractors mix... I would suggest adding planting another turf type such as Rebel IV (available in 25# bags)...  selection we sell.

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