As far as the grass, Kentucky 31 Fescue is King throughout the state
They don't do Kentucky 31 here any more. It's too "clumpy" and prone to disease. We have all varieties of "dwarf tall fescues" - if that oxymoron makes any sense to you. The seed stocks all come from Oregon. Various varieties are tested every year, and the results are made available to the seed and feed stores. I in turn find a mix of at least 3 different varieties. All of it is subject to "brown patch" (a fungus) at about this time of year - some varieties more than others. Mixing the varieties gives you a snowball's chance in hell of the patches not getting too bad.
As for the Bluegrass... There are some new varieties out now that apparently do really well in the very hot summers here. (Similar to Kentucky, by the way...) I mixed some in one year. It has taken in certain more-shady areas, and is spreading as Nature will have it. Between the high-tech dwarf/tall fescues, the creeping red fescue (for shade) and the bluegrass, I have myself a lawn on my heterogenous piece of property.
And I have women who call it "sex grass" so... I'm still thinking that's good.
much to the dismay of The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and many sportsmen and environmentalists.
Believe it or not, I pay attention to stuff like that. I plant almost all Native plants. I don't do the usual crap that everyone MUST have in their yards because the neighbors have it. I have mountain laurel (native), deciduous hollies (native), non-deciduous hollies (native), sweet bay magnolias (native), any number of rhododendrons (native), witch hazel (native), etc., etc. It all blends in beautifully with the woods and wetlands behind me - as if it was meant to be there. Because IT WAS.
Sooo.... Sounds like I'll be having some fun in Kentucky - teaching the natives how to go native. If that makes sense...
Bluegrass is wonderful stuff - where it grows well. I needed some strong fescues to hold my sloped land together, as I have wetlands behind me. But the bluegrass is finding its niche and thriving. I can't wait to see what varieties that the local seed stores are pushing.
Sorry... I kinda geeked out there for a minute.
Personally, I try to sew a mixture of canadian thistle, ragweed, and stinging nettle, on mine every spring.
The difference between "grass" and "a lawn."
But seriously... When I visited Nebraska, Glenn brought me around to the local Universities and showed me the work they were doing to study and preserve the natural grasses that once grew there. The difference between the east coast and the plains is east coasters cut trees down to plant lawns, and plains folk bring trees in to replace the natural grasses. It's ass-backwards. You see it in that the wilderness here is woods, whereas trees in Nebraska are only in the cities.
See picture of Great Plains near Lincoln, Nebraska
Wildfires are one of the biggest reasons. And grazing animals - which can't quite go unchecked any more...
So your flip comment is actually not so flip to someone like Glenn.
I had a joint of bluegrass once....pretty good stuff
Whatever do you mean, Mr. Canna?