[Published July 9, 2015, in the Jeffco editions of the Denver Post's YourHub section and in four Jefferson County weekly newspapers]
Regular readers of this column will recall a late May column I wrote about replacing my Kentucky bluegrass last fall with Bella bluegrass, a new strain which looks like Kentucky bluegrass but doesn’t grow as fast or tall and doesn’t require as much watering.
My first mowing was on June 1, but it didn’t create any visible grass clippings because I was merely evening out the 4-6” tall grass. As I write this, it is July 6, and my lawn is ready for a second mowing, but again only to even out the remarkably short grass.
It turns out that the grass requires more water than I had claimed in May. Once the spring rains stopped falling, I found by mid-June that I did need to dewinterize my sprinkler system, and I have, in fact, run the sprinkler system four times for 20 minutes in each zone. This is, however, much less water than is required to keep Kentucky bluegrass looking green and healthy.