What's in the bag?
GCI Turf Blue Heat is a 3 way blend of high quality Kentucky Bluegrass seed. These three varieties are very similar to each other and will blend well together.
We became known for having “weed free” grass seed and the new ones are no different. All the new grass seed mixes/blends are 0% weed seed and 0% other crop.
How long does grass seed stay good? About 2 years if kept dry
We look for three basic things when choosing the varieties that go in our grass seed mixes/blends. It must be readily available to us, it must have an excellent history in the NTEP trials (National Turf grass Evaluation Program), and it must be affordable.
BLUE COAT: A unique Kentucky Bluegrass cultivar that produces a dense, fine leaf turf with dark green color and superior disease resistance. It also provides a dark green color, fine to medium leaf texture and excellent density during the growing season. Can handle heavy traffic. Blue Coat mixes well with other Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue
PIVOT: Excellent all around variety developed for full sun. Pivot has a beautiful deep green color similar to the blue green Midnight types. Pivot mixes well with other Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue.
APPALACHIAN: Compact type of bluegrass. Features deep, extensive roots and rhizomes which provides high summer stress tolerance, vigorous turf with medium-high density which will result in a beautiful, long lasting, very hardy turf.. Has early spring green-up and good winter performance. Recovers quickly from disease.
When should you plant Blue Heat Kentucky Bluegrass (KBG) grass?
Fall is a great time to seed Blue Heat KBG. You definitely do not want to seed Blue Heat KBG too late in the fall though. Plant Blue Heat KBG seed when soil temperatures are right around 60° F. Your air temperature should be around 70° to 85°at this time. Your Blue Heat KBG seed will need plenty of time to germinate because it takes anywhere from 14-30 days to germinate. Do not make the mistake and wait too late to plant Blue Heat KBG seed. August 1st - September 15th is a great time frame depending on where you live in the country and what your soil and air temperatures are. Patience is required while waiting on KBG to sprout. I only recommend spring time seeding when absolutely necessary.
How much seed to use?
Overseeding into an existing KBG lawn: One - two (1-2) pounds per 1000 square feet.
Seeding bare ground: Three - four (3-4) pounds per 1000 square feet.
The trick to seed germination is KEEP THE SEED MOIST! Water multiple times a day, light and frequently every day to ensure the ground and seed stays moist. Cool Blue TTTF/KBG seed can take anywhere from 4 to 10 days to germinate depending on environmental conditions. Be patient...it will come up with time. Once you have germination you can slowly revert back to watering 1” per week...deep and infrequent. During hot, dry weather established Cool Blue TTTF/KBG may need as much as 1.5” - 2” of water per week.