Bluegrass Lawn Seed

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Bluegrass Lawn Grass Seed - Bluegrass seed is used in parks, lawns, pastures and athletic field applications throughout the northern climates. Bluegrass is adapted to well-drained loams and heavier soil types of medium and better productivity. Bluegrass will be dominant in pastures only if the soil has a salt pH of 5.3 or higher and at least a medium level of phosphorus. Although Bluegrass often becomes dormant during dry weather, it will survive severe droughts.

Adaptation of Bluegrass

Bluegrass seed is an excellent lawn grass for areas in the northern 2/3 of the United States. I is the most widely used of the cool-season grasses because it is adaptive to a wide range of soil and climate conditions. Bluegrass sod is very tough and may be used in semi-improved and unimproved areas such as physical training areas, airfields, parks, cemeteries and open lawn areas. It does not require close cutting to be attractive. It loves cool damp conditions but suffers during stressful periods of high heat and drought.


A good seed bed is essential for establishing a good stand of bluegrass from seed. Till the soil three to four inches deep, remove all sticks, rocks, and other debris. Continue tilling until the soil is free of all clumps. Level and smooth the area to prepare a suitable seed bed. Incorporate 15 lbs. of 16-4-8 fertilizer per 1000 sq. ft. the drag or roll the seedbed smooth.

Seeding Bluegrass Lawns

Using a over the shoulder or hand held spreader, spread 2 to 3 pounds of bluegrass seed per 1000 sq. ft. Rake the seed into the seedbed very lightly then roll firm with a lawn roller. Care should be taken not to cover bluegrass seed more than ½ inch with soil.


Water the area to moisten the top 2 inches of soil. In the absence of rain, water the seeded area lightly each day to keep the top two inches of soil moist. Continue water applications daily until the bluegrass seedlings are three weeks old. Reduce watering to three times per week for the next thirty days unless there is adequate rainfall. For pastures, airfields, unimproved areas etc. use 30 lbs. of bluegrass seed per acre.

Maintaining Bluegrass

Bluegrass is a low maintenance grass and one should plant bluegrass if they are interested in a lower maintenance yet beautiful grass. One should consult the County Extension Agent for specific maintenance recommendations of your area. Since Bluegrass grows in 2/3 of the U.S.A. there are too many soil types and other variables to list all the maintenance requirements for all the different areas of the country.

Table 1. Comparison of lawngrasses available for use
Environment Bahia Bluegrass Carpet Centipede Seashore Paspalum St. Augustine Zoysia
Area Adapted Statewide Statewide Wet Areas Statewide Statewide Statewide Statewide
Mowing Height (inches) 3-4 .5-1.5 1.5-2 1.5-2 1-2 1.5-4 1-2
Soil Acid, Sandy Wide Range Acid, Wet Acid, Infertile Wide Range Wide Range Wide Range
Leaf Texture Coarse-Medium Fine-Medium Medium Medium Fine-Medium Coarse-Medium Fine-Medium
Drought Tolerance Excellent Good Poor Medium Good Very Poor Medium
Salt Tolerance Poor Good Poor Poor Excellent Good Good
Shade Tolerance Poor Poor Fair Fair Poor Good Good
Wear Tolerance Excellent Good-Excellent Poor Poor Good-Excellent Poor Good-Excellent
Nematod Tolerance Very Good Poor Poor Poor Good Good Poor
Maintenance Levels Low Medium Low Low Medium Very High High
Uses Lawns Athletic Fields Wet Areas Lawns Lawns, Atlethic, Golf Lawns Lawns
Establishment Methods Seed, Sod Seed, Sod, Sprigs, Plugs Seed, Sprigs Seed, Sod, Sprigs, Plugs Seed, Sod, Sprigs, Plugs Sod, Sprigs, Plugs Seed, Sod, Sprigs, Plugs
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