Mercury Kentucky Bluegrass turf has the high shear strength needed for sports fields and sod production from its father, P-105, combined with the shade and drought tolerance from its Compact America type mother. Fast germination and quick establishment makes this bluegrass seed the perfect bluegrass for new stands or over seeding. Mercury Kentucky Bluegrass turf is a dark green, medium textured variety with exceptional uniformity. It has medium density and, while it performs very well in the shade, it is also a good summer performer with very good heat and drought tolerance. Mercury has a large seed and above average seedling vigor and establishment. Mercury Kentucky Bluegrass turf establishes quickly and produces a tough turf with excellent sod shear strength.

  • Excellent shear strength
  • Very good summer stress tolerance
  • Medium dark green genetic color
  • Excellent shade tolerance
  • Excellent Summer Patch and Rust resistance
  • Good Leaf Spot, Dollar Spot, and Red Thread resistance
  • Uses: Ideal for sod, athletic fields, playgrounds, parks, and lawns

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  • Above average seedling vigor and establishment
  • Dormant seeding works well in more northern areas
  • Tolerant of extremely close mowing heights as low as 1/2 inch
  • High summer turf density

General Kentucky Bluegrass Characteristics
Growth Habit: Rhizomes, tillers
Blade: 2-4 mm., boat-shaped tip

Adaptations and Use
Mercury is recommended for use as a high quality component in turf grass blends and mixtures for sod production, sports fields, playgrounds, parks, and for home and industrial lawns. It can tolerate a low cutting height, down to 1/2 in., and has a slower than normal vertical growth rate which is desirable as it requires less mowing.

Seeding Rates
New Seeding:
2-4 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
Seeds/lb.: 1,350,000

Germination: 6-12 days under normal conditions

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