In climates like we see in Colorado, Kentucky Bluegrass proves to be a hardy, resilient choice for homeowners who want a lush, green lawn in Summer that can also survive a Colorado Winter.
The dense, fine texture of Bluegrass turf stands up to any traffic thrown at it. Let the kids play. Let the dogs run. It is a rhizomatous species that produces new grass all on its own, and the root structure creates a strong even root system that keeps your lawn thick and soft year after year. For high elevations, this is an excellent choice. Bluegrass is also very resistant to drought, going dormant when water is at a premium.
Kentucky Bluegrass uses anywhere from 20-26 inches of irrigated water per year. Traditional backyard grass will always require much more water and care to maintain its look.
Hy-Performance bluegrass blends the benefits of Kentucky (mentioned above) and Texas Bluegrasses, creating a water-saving hybrid turf. This water-saving turfgrass is drought resistant, heat tolerant and disease resistant. It performs in direct sun and partial shade.
Hyperblue uses anywhere from 16-18 inches of supplemental watering per year. Both bluegrass options have the longest growing season, making them a great option for Colorado’s climate.
BLACK BEAUTY FESCUE
Black Beauty Tall Fescue is a popular choice here in Colorado. With the appropriate soil amendments and proper installation this Tall Fescue can develop a root system that will retain adequate amounts of water from the soil. It can sustain more time between waterings while still maintaining its look, feel, and overall health.
In many cases, Black Beauty Fescue needs fewer scheduled waterings and produces verdant green, medium-sized blades. It is also heat and cold tolerant – a must for the Colorado climate. The texture and appearance of Black Beauty Fescue compares to Bluegrass in look and feel when close-cropped and properly maintained. It can, however, affect the evenness of the surface without proper watering and maintenance. Water usage is an average of 18-20” of supplemental watering annually.
Black Beauty Fescue is a great product to install in any yard that has full sun and also thrives in heavily shaded areas.. It will also grow in almost any soil type including heavier clay soil.