Kentucky Bluegrass - Midnight
Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass is the most Popular Blue Grass In America. The images above of Midnight Kentucky bluegrass from customers and aroundtheyard.com illustrate how beautiful Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass is. It is a unique compact-type variety grown in the plush Willamette Valley in Oregon to be distributed across the United States. Growing Kentucky Blue grass from seed can truly be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, giving you a Bluegrass lawn that is as durable as it is lovely. Homeowners and professionals alike turn to Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass lawn seed for the excellent turf qualities that it produces.
Those qualities include:
- A very dark blue-green color
- Dwarf growth habit
- Very high tiller density
- Drought tolerance
- Strong overall disease resistance
- Good tolerance to close mowing
- More than 15 years of proven performance!
Probably the most outstanding feature of Kentucky Bluegrass Midnight is its unusually dark blue-green color giving it a rich color even under low maintenance conditions. A Bluegrass lawn with high tiller density provides a thick carpet that will stand up to the abuses of athletic fields and high traffic. Sod producers and homeowners alike will enjoy Midnight's dwarf growth characteristics which result in fewer mowings and lower maintenance costs. Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass is an outstanding cultivar that shows good resistance to leaf spot and stem rust, stripe smut and dollar spot. University trials have documented Midnight's heat and drought tolerance.
Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass seed is recommended for use on athletic fields, golf courses, sod blends, parks, professional landscapes, and home lawns areas where Kentucky Bluegrass is adapted. It is compatible in blends with other darker green, lower growing Bluegrasses and in mixtures with strong creeping red fescues and improved “II” and “III” series of turf-type perennial ryegrasses.
Soil, Climate and Fertility Requirements
A Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass lawn will perform in sandy or heavy clay soils. Like all Bluegrasses, it performs best in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.0. Three to five lbs. N/1000 sq. ft./year is adequate in most areas of the United states. However, because of Midnight’s dark genetic color, lower fertilizer rates will yield acceptable color. A balanced fertilizer of 3:1:2 ratio of NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) with sulphur is recommended in most geographic locations.
Midnight, like all Kentucky Bluegrasses, requires about 3 weeks for complete germination. Color may be observed before that time, however, in good growing weather where soil temperatures are above 65 degrees F., expect 3 to 4 weeks for a complete stand of grass. Kentucky Bluegrass turf grass has good mowing qualities and can be maintained at a cutting height of 1/2 to 2 inches.
Seeding Rate & Planting Time
- New turf: Sow 2 - 3 pounds Midnight KBG seed per 1,000 square feet or 80 -120 lbs per acre
- Over-seeding: Sow 1 - 1 1/2 pounds Midnight Bluegrass seed per 1,000 square feet or 40 - 60 lbs per acre for broadcast over-seeding
- Plant Midnight Kentucky Bluegrass lawn seed when soil temperature reaches 55 degrees in spring up until a minimum of 8 weeks before frost in fall