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Introducing Lower Maintenance Grasses into an Existing Lawn
Introducing lower maintenance turfgrass varieties into an existing lawn is usually done through some type of overseeding practice. Selecting grass species and varieties adaptable to lower input levels is the first step in making the transition to a lawn adaptable to lower inputs.
Lawn grasses tolerant of lower moisture and fertility levels include some varieties of Kentucky bluegrass and the fine-leaved fescues (e.g., creeping red fescue, chewings fescue, and hard fescue). Because there are many more seeds per pound of bluegrass than fine-leaved fescues, slightly higher seeding rates are required when using blends and mixtures that include fine-leaved fescues.
For more information on turfgrass selection, see Selecting Cool Season Lawn Grasses – Kentucky Bluegrass and Selecting Cool Season Lawn Grasses – Fine Fescues in Chapter 4, Turfgrass Selection for a Sustainable Lawn.
Also visit National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). This turfgrass research program evaluates new turfgrass species and varieties for quality, color, density, resistance to diseases and insects, tolerance to heat, cold, drought and traffic.
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