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Selecting the proper grass for your yard can seem like a complex task, but it can be easily simplified if you know a few facts.  

Kentucky, as well as southern Indiana and northern Tennessee, are part of what is called the transitional climate zone. This means that both cool-season, and warm-season grasses will grow in this area.  However, it also means that both types will experience some problems that don't occur as often in other areas.  The cool-season grasses may have a tendency to go dormant in the hot summers here where they stay healthy in more northern areas.  In contrast, the warm-season grasses go completely dormant in the winter months here.

Knowing this, you must decide when you want your yard to look its best.  During the summer, or the rest of the year.

If you simply want to mow your grass once a week or so and not worry about it after that, the best choices for you are fescue and bluegrass.  They can both easily survive in conditions such as this.  They are both however much more beautiful if they are given more care.  Fertilization of the grass will give it a lush green color and make it healthier.  This will require that the grass be irrigated during periods of heat stress.  Herbicide applications can also be made to control broadleaf weeds and crabgrass.  

For those who really take pleasure in having a beautiful lawn in the summer, one of the warm-season grasses could be the right choice.  They provide a much denser feel when walking on them than fescue or bluegrass and have that golf-course look.  However they must be fertilized slightly more than the cool season grasses and need to be irrigated.  They also don't perform as well in shady areas.  

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