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Kentucky Bluegrass

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Description: Kentucky Bluegrass is by far the most popular cool-season grass. It is a fine-textured grass often identified by its "canoe" shaped blades and greenish-blue color. Commonly found it in the Northeastern, Northwestern, Midwestern, and Mountain regions of the U.S. & Canada. Kentucky Bluegrass is generally best suited for climates with cold winters. Kentucky Bluegrass is sometimes mixed with fescues to provide more durability and tolerance to drought and high heat

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  • Often creates attractive looking lawns
  • Can tolerate extreme winter weather, full sunlight exposure, and moderate amounts of moisture
  • Is a moderately durable grass



  • Typically not drought tolerant, requiring water during hot summer months
  • Can go dormant during times of drought and high heat
  • Often slow to germinate
  • Generally doesn't respond well to shaded areas and wet soils
Common Growing Region
Common Growing Region

Watering: Requires regular watering with emphasis on periods of drought, and high heat. For additional info on watering, see: Watering

Fertilizing: see: Fertilizing Tables

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Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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