A New Look At the Intermountain Home Landscape Green Spaces
Part 2: Turf Alternatives
By William Habblett, CNP, CPD
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
CWI Horticulture Instructor
You have thought about your personal oasis and have concluded that you have areas where turf in those areas are just for your weekly mowing. There are many great options for these spaces that I will go into more in depth shortly. But first, we should talk about effective ways to get rid of the Kentucky bluegrass.
Before you install your new option, you will need to ensure that the Kentucky bluegrass is killed off so that it doesn’t become a pervasive weed in your new landscape. At this time, the general recommendation at this time is to use a nonselective herbicide; such as glyphosate, to kill off the grass and the root system. You will generally need to reapply in two weeks to take care of any spots that have survived the initial application. If you prefer, you can use horticulture vinegar. You will have to do multiple treatments because vinegar only kills the top plant growth. Depending on what you are applying, it is still best to remove the sod with such tools as a sod cutter. Just using a sod cutter will leave behind small root structures called rhizomes that will grow new tufts of bluegrass in your new environment. There are other techniques that you can do but don’t rely on just shutting the water off. Realistically, Kentucky bluegrass is the most drought tolerant grass with its ability to go completely dormant for extended periods of no moisture.
There are multiple options that are available to you to use as a groundcover and it comes down to function, […]