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Kentucky Bluegrass. Seed Research of Oregon. Mary Beth Menard. Ky Bluegrass. Strengths • Long lived turf • Rhizome formation - recuperative • Attractive – fine textured, dark color • Adaptative – wide range of genetic diversity. Ky Bluegrass. Weaknesses

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Kentucky Bluegrass

Seed Research of Oregon

Mary Beth Menard


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Ky Bluegrass

  • Strengths

  • • Long lived turf

  • • Rhizome formation - recuperative

  • • Attractive – fine textured, dark color

  • • Adaptative – wide range of genetic diversity


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Ky Bluegrass

  • Weaknesses

  • • Slow to moderate germination

  • • Weed pressure

  • • Slow spring green-up

  • • Possible dormancy and color loss during hot, dry spells


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Ky Bluegrass

  • Classifications:

  • Compact, Compact-Midnight, Compact-America, Aggressive, BVMG, Shamrock, Julia, Bellevue, Mid-Atlantic, CELA, Cheri, Other, Common


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Compact type

Very dense turf – high sod strength

Excellent cold tolerance

Perfect for use with low-growing fine fescue and perennial ryegrass

Resistant to leafspot, patch, dollar spot, powdery mildew

Alpine Ky Bluegrass


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Compact type

Aggressive growth habit

Early spring green-up

Heat and drought tolerant

High apomictic – very uniform appearance

Disease resistant including leaf spot, summer patch, stripe smut, dollar spot, etc.

Argos Ky Bluegrass


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Aggressive – high sod and shear strength

Extensive lateral growth habit – recuperative

Extremely fine textured and dense – takes to low cutting heights

Adaptative – excellent ratings from coast to coast

Excellent disease resistance to typhula blight, powdery mildew, downy mildew, rust, stripe smut

Wear tolerant

Cheetah Ky Bluegrass


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Julia type

Excellent wear tolerance – perfect for sports application

Shorter germination period

High density in all seasons

Shade tolerant

Excellent disease resistance, ie, powdery mildew, brown patch, rust.

Ulysses Ky Bluegrass


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We offer a comprehensive program:

Compact – Argos, Alpine

Compact Midnight – Arcadia, Quantum Leap

Compact America – Kingfisher, Showcase, SR 2284

Aggressive – Cheetah, Orfeo

Shamrock – SR 2100

Julia – Ulysses, Rampart

SRO Versatility


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A successful mix contains:

Genetic diversity – avoid the beauty queen approach

Suitability to the region – consider environment, disease pressures, etc.

Suitability for specific use – sod vs. homeowner

The elements to make your customer look good – see above!

Ky Bluegrass


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