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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for Kentucky bluegrass


  • Mow at 1.5 - 2.5 inches.
  • For optimum performance, mow relatively high, especially during the warm months.


  • Fertilize using 4 - 6 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (end of February - end of May; October - November).


  • Plant with seed or use sod.
  • If seeding, seed at 2 - 3 lbs. seed/1000 sq. ft.


  • Water frequently, every 1 - 3 days during the summer because of the shallow root system.

Special problems

  • Susceptible to most turfgrass diseases and insects
  • Low drought tolerance

For more information, see the following sections:

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