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We are putting in sod in our front yard - not a lot of traffic. Would like you opinion on if we should put in Kentucky Blue Grass or a biograss?

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Kentucky Blue Grass is a good species for high traffic areas, resilient. However, there are other cultivars that also work well such as fescue.  Biograss is a local commercial company that has different varieties of grass, so biograss in and of itself is not a species. This is not an ideal time for installing sod, with the high temperatures.  It's a good idea to prepare the soil as best as possible, which includes removing rocks/debris, removing weeds, incorporating/tilling in 2 inches or more of well aged compost (organic matter), grading, racking and tamping entire area for a smooth even surface for good sod root to soil contact. Irrigate before laying sod, and another warning about sod, the sod is cut from the farm the night before and installed the following morning so the sod does not start to decompose while rolled up sitting on a palette.  Here is a USU publication on

Turfgrass cultivars for Utah
http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/HG_Grass_2004_01.pdf


For other USU publications on lawn care go to our USU Extension Salt Lake County website at http://extension.usu.edu/saltlake/htm/horticulture/lawn-care


Good Gardening!

Posted on 30 Jul 2008

Maggie Shao
Horticulture Agent, Salt Lake County

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