Bella Maintenance Guidelines

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Description

Bella Bluegrass LogoBella® Bluegrass is an outstanding Kentucky bluegrass cultivar that is drought resistant and tolerant of high temperatures. Its drought resistance characteristics make it suited for use where water conservation is an issue. Bella’s heat tolerance makes it suitable for use in the transition zone. Bella is low-growing and requires infrequent mowing, making it an excellent choice for lawns which can benefit from a reduced mowing schedule and for sites that are difficult to mow, such as slopes and banks. Bella requires low fertilizer input and grows well on soils ranging from sand to heavy clay. Bella can only be established vegetatively by sprigs, rhizomes, plugs or sod. It also has an excellent shade tolerance compared to other bluegrasses. Its dark green color and low growth habit give it a highly appealing turfgrass quality and appearance.

Production and Quality Control

Genetic purity and preservation of the Bella Bluegrass variety is of the utmost importance. Only licensed turfgrass producers are authorized to grow Bella for sale. All licensed Bella production is monitored through on-going quality control and quality assurance programs.

Installation and Establishment

Installation and the care taken during the initial days that follow are the most critical factors in determining the long-term quality and performance of Bella Bluegrass. Harvesting and transplantation is extremely stressful to any turfgrass and precautionary measures should be taken to help reduce further cultural and environmental stresses. Proper care, including pre-installation soil preparation and limiting time on the pallet to less than 24 hours, yields positive results. Improper care, however, can cause death of the turfgrass or damage that results in lengthy recovery and additional expense.

Irrigating Newly Installed Bella

Proper watering upon installation is essential to successful establishment:

Mowing

New installations are often uneven and care should be taken not to scalp high spots

Fertility

Post Establishment

Mowing

Mowing is a critical and often under appreciated cultural practice

Insecticides

Avoid stress from insects by performing insecticidal applications as needed

Herbicides

Proper mowing, irrigation and fertilization of Bella will reduce weed problems. If a weed problem persists:

Fungicides

Bella has shown resistance to most fungal problems and controls should be used only as needed

Irrigation

Established Bella performs better that other varieties under drought stress due to improved plant genetics and growth characteristics

Fertilization

Proper fertility practices will encourage healthy, disease and insect free Bella