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Bella Bluegrass Grass Plugs for shade and semi-shade are a truly revolutionary new dwarf turf bluegrass that requires 10-20% less water than traditional bluegrass. Bella Bluegrass has excellent shade tolerance (up to 80%) and doesn't require mowing as the grass blades only to grow to a height of 2 to 3 inches. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth.
Grass Plugs: Orders placed before Thursday will ship the following Monday or Tuesday. Buy now and we'll ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region, from late February - November, depending on zone and growing temperatures. See: More Shipping Info
Bella Bluegrass Grass for shade and semi-shade is a truly revolutionary dwarf turf grass that requires 30% less water than traditional Bluegrass. Bella Bluegrass with roots reaching down 3-3 1/2 feet deep into the soil. Being a dwarf variety, Bella Bluegrass doesn't require mowing, as it completes its upward leaf growth by mid-June. Bella will retain it’s lovely dark blue-green color in fall, longer than many other turf selections and green up more quickly in the spring. It is extremely resistant to heat, drought and disease.
The grass blades grow to a height of only 2 to 3 inches. Bella Bluegrass stays green over a long stretch of the growing season from early spring into late fall. It is an excellent choice for both the full sun and part shade areas (80%) of your yard. This cool-season grass thrives in cold climates, yet is also excellent in warm climates (except the southernmost areas of the US). Bella is durable, versatile, and grows in most soil types including sand, sandy loam, clay or peat.
Space plugs 6" apart; one flat covers 17 sq. ft. Bella Bluegrass plugs can be installed anytime the ground is not frozen in the recommended planting areas. See Lawn Replacement Instructions for more information. A detailed planting and maintenance instruction sheet is provided with each order.
Please note: Our grass plugs ship separately from perennials and seed products. We recommend using Organic Plant Magic as a root dip to spur grass plug growth. Orders for grass plugs get processed on Thursdays and shipped out the following Monday.
Planting A Lawn With Grass Plugs (Download our Grass Plug Planting Guide - .pdf format)
REMOVE THE OLD LAWN
A) Strip off the old turf grass with a sod cutter and kill off any remnants of lawn around the edges; OR
B) Kill the existing lawn, by spraying it with a one-time application of systemic glyphosate 14 days or longer prior to planting. (While repeated, widespread use of glyphosate can be damaging to the environment, healthy soils are capable of breaking down any residual chemical from a one-time use. Keep kids and pets off the lawn until the herbicide has dried.) or
C) Smother the lawn: If you can wait 6 months or longer, the old lawn can be killed by covering it with alternating layers of corrugated cardboard and compost laid down about 6” deep; or
D) Solarize the lawn by killing it with heat from the sun. This can be done by covering the lawn turf with clear plastic for one to two months during the heat of summer. Be sure and bury the edges of the plastic sheeting and place heavy rocks across the middle to anchor it and hold it down when the wind blows.
Note: Letting the lawn go brown by withholding water will not kill Kentucky Bluegrass.
IMPROVE THE SOIL - Before planting grass plugs into bare soil, it is essential that the soil be enriched with compost and other organic or natural fertilizers to insure that the plugs grow vigorously and cover the area quickly. Proper soil preparation can be done anytime before planting the plugs. However, preparing the soil well in advance of planting insures that the ingredients have begun to breakdown and the soil will have a finer texture. It also allows weeds to sprout and be pulled or rototilled prior to planting. This will greatly reduce the amount of weeding after planting the plugs.
To improve the soil for best results use organic or natural soil amendments listed below. Rototill the soil enriching ingredients into the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.
Planters II trace mineral supplement: Use 2 lbs/100 sq.ft. This natural trace mineral supplement provides essential micro-nutrients and boosts microbial activity in the soil needed to break down compost and natural fertilizers and improve nutrient availability.
Yum Yum Mix: 4 lbs/100 sq. ft. When it comes time to fertilize your soil in preparation for planting we suggest using a gentle, non-chemical based fertilizer. Yum Yum Mix feeds the soil that feeds your lawn. This organic formula adds essential nutrients to the soil and “feeds” the soil’s earthworms and beneficial microbial population to maintain a healthy living soil needed for a vigorous, low-care lawn. Healthy soil means a happy lawn!
Compost: Use at the rate of ½ to 1 cu. yard per 100 sq. ft. (depending on the condition of the soil). Along with Yum Yum Mix, a high quality compost will build and maintain a healthy living soil.
Mycorrhizal Root Inoculant: Lawn grasses will grow more vigorously by having these beneficial mycorrhizal fungi attached to their roots. Mycorrhizal inoculation is essential if your home is in a new subdivision or there has been extensive earthwork, soil removal and compaction from your home construction process.
DO NOT use manure unless you know it has been actively composted to break it down. Old piles of manure (even if stored for many years) have not been composted adequately. Instead, it will begin to compost (break down) after you’ve tilled it into the soil. This causes burning of grass plug roots and induces a serious nitrogen deficiency that will stunt or kill newly planted plugs.
Once the old lawn is gone or you are planting into bare soil, there are two ways to plant the plugs
1) You can plant into bare soil that has been enriched with compost and other natural or organic fertilizers (See above: Improve the Soil)
2) You can plant directly into dead turf that is thoroughly dead using the Drill and Fill Method (see below, section 4). It is NOT recommended that plugs be planted into a live lawn.
PLANTING USING THE "DRILL AND FILL" METHOD- Planting plugs into existing turf areas. This can be a real labor saving method when replacing your existing lawn. Assuming that the lawn was planted into well prepared soil, planting into the dead grass is a proven, labor saving method. This method also greatly reduces the amount of weeds that sprout once the plugs are planted.
a) Make sure the old lawn is dead, both foliage and roots. Choose from the method that works best for you (see section 1 above). Don’t make the mistake of assuming a completely brown patch of Kentucky Blue Grass (or any other turf grass) is dead from lack of water. Many grasses survive drought by going dormant only to “wake up” when water is made available.
b) Preparing the plugs for planting: Before planting the plugs make sure they are well watered but not soggy. Make a few shallow slices into the sides and bottom of the plug’s root ball to break the circling root growth and encourage lateral root growth into the surrounding soil. To speed the transplantation process the plugs should be removed from the plug tray, have their roots sliced and placed into a box or flat in the shade to await transplanting.
c) Measure the grid: Use a string line marked every 6″ or 12″ (with a Magic Marker), stretch it between two stakes to show you where to plant each plug.
d) Use a cordless drill to make the planting holes: Using a cordless drill and a 1 ¼″ diameter wood boring bit, drill 1 inch deep holes on a grid 6″ or 12″ apart, place the plug in the hole and step on it to firm it into the soil. Plant the row and move the stakes to the next row. When done planting the whole area, water thoroughly.
PLANTING INTO BARE SOIL- Prepare the plugs for planting and place your string line (as described above in b & c). Using a hand trowel make a shallow hole, plant the plug and firm it into place. Mulch with clean wheat straw to shade the soil and keep the plugs moist. Water thoroughly after the plugs are planted.
WATERING - Frequency: Water in newly planted plugs thoroughly so that the soil is wet to a depth of 4-6 inches. The frequency of subsequent irrigation will depend on how quickly the soil dries. Water enough to keep the soil damp but not muddy with standing puddles. First week to 10 days: Water daily in the early evening. Next couple of weeks: As the plugs begin to root-out into the soil and grow, watering can be reduced to every 2nd or 3rd day. Plugs that are taking hold and rooting-out will be noticeably greener and have longer, larger leaf blades than one’s that haven’t. After the first month: If it’s not too hot and dry, your growing plugs will need watering no more than one to two times per week, putting down an inch of water each time. Use several empty coffee cans placed around the newly planted area to measure the amount of water applied. Even xeric native grasses like Buffalo and Grama grass need regular irrigation that first growing season. Once established, the amount of water needed next growing season will be much less!
WEEDING - Weeds will sprout quickly in newly planted areas. Weed control is essential so they don’t smother your new plugs. Pull weeds when they’re small.
MAINTENANCE AND EXTENDED CARE for Established, Plug Grown Lawns:
Watering: Once established Buffalo and Blue Grama grass are very drought tolerant, but they may need extra water during the hottest part of the summer to keep them green and actively growing. Turn on the sprinklers to apply approximately an inch of water every two weeks.
Bella’ bluegrass will need more water each month than Buffalo or Grama in western climates. Water ‘Bella’ when it gets a gray-green color and the grass blades are folded and thin.
If irrigation is not available and you must depend on natural rainfall, Buffalo and Blue Grama may go brown in extended heat and drought but will green-up when the rains return. These native grasses have deep roots that keep them alive through extended drought.
Fertilizing - Never use "weed-n-feed" chemical fertilizers as they are damaging to soil health
‘Hachita’ Blue Grama; needs only one application of Yum Yum Mix applied in early fall.
Bella’ bluegrass: Bella doesn’t need much fertilizer to maintain its rich deep green color, however, it does need fertilizer to fight off disease. We recommend applying slow release or organic fertilizer, such as Yum Yum mix, 2 to 4 times per year. In poor soils, also apply Yum Yum Mix in early fall.
A 25 lb. bag of Yum Yum Mix will cover about 600 sq. ft. of lawn.
Weed Control: Buffalo and Blue Grama grasses are warm-season growers, meaning they don’t green up until mid- to late spring (depending on elevation). Corn gluten meal application can prevent weeds from germinating. Weeds are best pulled, dug up with a dandelion fork or spot-sprayed with herbicide in early to mid-spring. At this time of the year, these native grasses are still dormant while the weeds are already green and growing. This makes them easy to find and pull. A thorough weeding in early spring is usually sufficient for the entire year.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
By Busy grandma
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Comments about High Country Gardens Bluegrass Bella Grass Plugs:
This grass turned out to be the perfect solution to our bare front yard. We have two maple trees which don't allow grass to grow underneath. I ordered the first two trays to "try" it out. After two summers and one winter, the grass has spread and looks good. It is very hardy and drought tolerant. We had a very dry summer and with occasional watering, this grass still looked green compared to dead brown grass elsewhere in our yard.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
started off good
from Colorado Springs Colorado
The grass plugs looked healthy and started to spread shortly after planting. They seemed to slow down as the summer went on, and did not look too good by fall. I will have to wait and see if they come back in spring and start to fill in again.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good if you have dogs
By Green Thumb lady
from St Louis MO
I have two active dogs and a very small yard. I have been looking for a grass that could live in sun and shade and withstand dogs. This may be it. I plugged in two trays in the spring and I was not impressed with the " aggressive" growth that was advertised. However my yard always dies out in the summer from heat, dry weather and dog pee. At the end of summer, only the Bella Blue plugs were living. The had spread from about 2 inches to about 6 inches. As fall progressed, the plugs began to run and fill in the brown spots from dog pee as well as the rest of the yard. I have now plugged in two more trays and hope to have a full and hardy lawn by next spring. This grass seems t6o have the benefits of zoysia without the winter brown. Just do not expect too much growth the first year.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Mine lived during the summer but did not spread. All appear
from Fort Collins, Colorado
The grass did not thrive in the shaded area in which it was planted
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Karval, Colorado
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I live in Eastern Colorado where growing conditions can be particularly harsh. This grass is so resilient and easy to grow that I can't say enough about how wonderful it is. It grows well in both shade and sun and it takes much less water and fertilizer than traditional Bluegrass yet still has the lovely color and texture of traditional Bluegrass. Because it is a dwarf variety it needs much less mowing as well. If I have any complaint it's that it isn't fast growing so will take several seasons to completely fill in.
Great so far
from Irrigon, OR
I purchased the minimum order to try this grass out in various areas of my existing lawn. The plugs arrived in good condition on September 25th. I planted them the same day by using a 1 1/4 inch hole saw to drill the holes. Four weeks later I have 100% survival of the plugs. I watered only twice a week and did not untangle the roots. I will do another review after one year to describe the success or failure.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Spokane, WA
I wish I'd never gotten this grass, and I wouldn't have if I'd known how false the description was. First of all, it is extremely slow spreading. In one full season, my plugs spread to maybe 4 inches across. A lot of them died. They arrived extremely root bound, so I had to carefully untangle the roots for each and every plug before planting, which gets really old after about 150th plug. But still, I thought it'd be worth it because it only gets 2-3 inches according to the description on this website, so you NEVER have to mow. Wrong. This is the start of the second season for my Bella blue grass, and the actual blades are 6-8 inches tall, and it's only May. I was also quite surprised to discover that this grass goes to seed, and the seed heads are up to a foot tall. So in the patches that I have grass, because it takes forever to spread, it's super tall and scraggly with ugly seed heads everywhere. I will definitely have to mow this grass regularly. Quite honestly, I see very little difference between this and Kentucky blue grass. Bella may grow a little slower height-wise, but that's about it. I wish I could go back and get Kentucky bluegrass sod and just have a pretty lawn. Instead I'm stuck with this patchy, tall, scraggly looking mess that was WAY more expensive and labor intensive.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Blue Grass Bella
from Highlands Ranch, CO
About Me Getting Started
I planted the plugs last spring in an area that other grass was unable to grow in mainly due to low water. It is quite hardy and is a beautiful shade of green.
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