Baron Kentucky Bluegrass

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Excellent turf quality

Withstands low mowing

Aggressive & vigorous

Heat & drought tolerant

Medium dark green color

High tiller density

Description

Baron is one of the most used Kentucky Bluegrass varieties. Baron is noted as one of the original dwarf type Kentucky Bluegrasses. It is widely used with other bluegrasses, fine fescues, and ryegrasses for golf courses, sod mixtures and home lawns.

Baron is quick to come out of the ground due to a high seedling vigor. It also has a good medium-green color and good summer quality.

Other Info

Turf Performance Data 1990** Scores*

Rating*

Top Rating

Baron

Low Rating

LSD

COLOR

 Genetic Color

Good

7.9

6.8

5.5

0.3

 Winter Color

Very Good

5.6

3.9

3.4

0.8

QUALITY

 Overall Turf Quality

Very Good

6.2

5.7

4.9

0.2

TOLERANCE

 Drought Tol. (dormancy)

Excellent

8.7

7.0

5.3

1.7

 Drought Tol. (wilting)

Excellent

9.0

8.7

5.5

1.4

 Wear Tolerance

Very Good

6.3

4.5

2.7

1.2

TEXTURE/DENSITY

 Leaf Texture

Fair

7.7

6.3

5.5

0.3

 Spring Density

Very Good

7.3

6.5

5.8

0.4

 Summer Density

Very Good

8.1

7.4

6.6

0.5

 Fall Density

Very Good

8.1

7.0

6.2

0.5

ESTABLISH /GREENUP

 Spring Green-up

Fair

5.9

4.4

4.1

0.3

 Seed head

Very Good

8.7

4.3

4.0

2.3

 Sod Strength (eight months
 after seeding, kilograms)

Very Good

30.7

25.7

10.3

6.9

 Sod Strength (12 months
 after seeding, kilograms)

Very Good

20.7

14.7

6.3

6.1

 Seedling Vigor

Very Good

5.7

4.8

3.3

0.7

GROUND COVER

 Spring

Excellent

76.0%

68.5%

56.5%

10.0%

 Summer

Very Good

79.1%

67.7%

54.8%

11.1%

 Fall

Very Good

72.5%

61.6%

49.3%

9.8%

DISEASE RESISTANCE

 Leaf Spot

Good

7.2

5.6

3.6

0.5

 Stripe Smut

Very Good

8.7

5.3

4.3

2.2

 Leaf Rust

Very Good

7.0

5.8

4.0

0.9

 Crown Rust

Very Good

9.0

7.7

6.3

1.0

 Strip Rust

Excellent

8.0

7.0

4.3

1.2

 Stem Rust

Excellent

8.5

7.9

3.5

0.8

 Bluegrass Billbug

Excellent

5.5

4.7

3.3

1.4

 Melting Out (spring)

Very Good

6.5

5.4

3.9

0.6

 Melting Out (fall)

Very Good

9.0

7.3

2.8

1.0

 Dollar Spot

Very Good

7.5

6.6

5.2

0.8

 Necrotic Ring Spot

Excellent

9.0

9.0

5.7

1.8

 Summer Patch

Excellent

9.0

8.9

5.3

1.3

 Snow Mold

Excellent

7.3

6.7

1.7

2.5

 Red Thread

Very Good

7.8

6.4

3.6

0.9

 Fusarium Patch

Excellent

7.5

6.7

4.5

1.4

 Powdery Mildew

Fair

8.2

2.7

2.2

1.4

 Sod Webworm

Excellent

8.3

6.3

2.3

2.7


*The NTEP uses a rating system and statistical analysis to score grasses. For ease of use, we have categorized this data into Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Fair ratings. For complete details, visit: www.ntep.org

**Final Report 1986-90 NTEP No.91-13