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Seeding Rates and Planting Methods

Seed Kentucky bluegrass blends (i.e., a combination of several Kentucky bluegrass varieties) at a rate of 2 to 3 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Use 3 to 4 pounds per 1,000 square feet when the seed mix contains Kentucky bluegrass and fine fescues. These rates should be fine for most home lawn and general landscape turfgrass areas.

Using too much seed will result in higher costs and slower establishment due to competition between grass plants. Using a rate that is too low will prolong the time it takes for the grass to completely cover the soil surface and allow more opportunity for significant weed invasion to occur. See Table 5.7 for examples of different seeding rates for different blends and mixtures of turfgrasses.

Table 5.7. Commonly Used Seeding Rates Per 1000 Square Feet of Home Lawn Area

Kentucky bluegrass only 2-3 pounds
Kentucky bluegrass/fine fescue mix 3-4 pounds
Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass mix 3-4 pounds

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