Kentucky Bluegrass and deep rooting (amenity type) Tall Fescue are already proven performers in the American turf industry. In fact, they are by far the most popular drought resistant lawn seed combination sold in the United States to date. With new and improved varieties being bred for ‘Better Shade and Drought Tolerance’, ‘Superior Turf Quality’ and ‘Excellent Disease Resistance’ the full potential of these combined species has finally been realised by the UK lawn seed trade.
With good management Kentucky Bluegrass and deep rooting Tall Fescue will produce a very dense, drought resistant, visually pleasing and durable lawn. The unique feature of Kentucky Bluegrass is it becomes dormant in periods of hot or dry weather but then recovers extremely quickly once rainfall and cooler temperatures return. The root system of Tall Fescue draws its moisture requirements from much deeper in the soil than any other lawn grass and stays green for much longer in extended periods of dry weather. It is also slightly more heat tolerant than other cool season grasses. Both species are extremely well suited to the UK’s temperate climate along with it’s charateristic occasional summer heatwave and together produce an excellent Drought Resistant Lawn Seed mixture.
On very dry or free draining soil this product is best sown in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, March unless adequate irrigation can be supplied until the lawn is properly established. Autumn sowings generally do best the following year as root systems have more time to develop than spring sown seeds. Despite what you may read on the internet, frost does NOT kill grass seeds or seedlings.
The Amenity Perennial Ryegrass content acts only as a basic, green cover and weed suppressant while the Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue become established
Avoid cutting lower than 25mm in height and feed well in the spring and autumn with a compound fertiliser to produce a darker, more even colour turf with excellent root stock.