How to Grow Blue Grass in Georgia
Bluegrass is a cool-season grass that is easily established from seed. It is popularly used as a sport grass for golf courses as well as lawns. Bluegrass is a fast-growing grass that develops a deep root system, which protects is from drought conditions. Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most popular kinds of bluegrass that is grown in Georgia. It goes into a semi-dormant state when the weather becomes very hot. It grows best in partial shade but thrives as long as there is adequate moisture.
Prepare the soil before you plant your grass seed. Test the soil to ensure that you have the proper pH. Bluegrass in Georgia prefers a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. If the soil pH is too low, you will add 50 lbs. of lime for every 1,000 square feet of soil. If your soil pH is too high, you should add 400 lbs. of sulfur per acre. Retest the soil until you have reached the recommended pH.
Remove all large rocks and other debris in the area that you will plant your seed. Use a tiller or industrial grader to loosen the top layer of soil. Add 1 lb. of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of lawn and water the area with 2 to 3 inches of water.
Apply 1 to 3 lbs. of bluegrass seed per every 1,000 square feet of soil. The best method of seeding is with a broadcast seeder. These can be purchased at any home improvement store. Another method is using a shovel and a wheelbarrow. Spread the seed on top of the soil by shaking the seed off o f the shovel a few inches above the soil.
Rake the seeds lightly to ensure proper disbursement and to lightly cover the seed.
Cover the area with straw to prevent the seeds from washing or blowing away. Hay also holds in moisture to help with germination and prevent the ground from drying out. Use 60 to 80 lbs. of straw to cover 1,000 square feet.
Water your seed every day with 2 to 3 inches of water for approximately two to three weeks. Once the grass has started growing, decrease the watering to every other day.
Mow your bluegrass once it reaches a height of 3 to 4 inches. Only remove the first 1/4 inch the first time you mow to maintain proper growth.
- Mechanical seeder