Kentucky bluegrass
Photo: Roger Foley
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Zone 6: Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Traits: Recovers well from drought, cold, and foot traffic. Popular for sod; seeds take up to 30 days to sprout. In hot weather, water twice as much as fescue.

When to plant: September

Newest varieties: 'NuDestiny' resists some fungi; 'Midnight' and 'Blue Velvet' are best for shade.

Alternatives: Fine-leaf and tall fescue
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