Kentucky bluegrass is a cool-season grass that will grow best during the fall, winter, and spring months when temperatures are cool. As temperatures rise during the warm summer months, the growth slows. It’s normally described as “bare foot” grass. When grown in pure stands, Kentucky bluegrass is beautiful, lush, high quality and dense lawn. It’s the kind of lawn grass most people strive for. Its color can range from bright green to a deep bluish green. It’s often used in low to medium traffic areas and often combined with other grass types to produce a better lawn for multi-purpose.
It’s fast growing characteristic has the ability to develop a good root system against drought. Kentucky bluegrass is also one of the longest living perennials grown. Many factors over a period of time may thin or kill sections of these lawns. Some factors may include disease, insect damage, water deficiency, wear, climate swings, and other environmental factors.
Leaf Spot – caused by a specific type of lawn fungus, and occurs predominantly in the spring when there is a lot of succulent new growth that doesn’t have the chance to harden off. Treatment for leaf spot lawn disease may be required every 3–4 weeks to gain control.
Red Thread – a type of lawn fungus that can be a season-long problem, from March to November. This lawn disease is most prevalent when the weather is damp or humid.
Snow Molds – caused by a fungus that is active over the winter underneath the snow. There can be many reasons how a lawn developed this disease. One reason could be the lawn is wet, holding the moisture.
Chinch Bugs – These bugs use their piercing mouths that they use to suck sap and inject toxins into the crowns and stems of grass. They attack a variety of grasses including Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and zoysia.
White Grubs – The most widespread and destructive pests in the Northeastern United States. They damage grass by chewing the roots. The only solution is often a professional grub management service.
Other diseases and pests include:
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