• Will grow in Sun or up to 80% Shade
• Reduced mowing
• Deep roots reduce watering
• Disease resistant
• Dark Green
• Will grow farther south than other bluegrass
•Very long growing season (will stay green year round in the South)
"The most striking features of Bella are its dark blue green color, slow and low growth habit, and its ability to spread laterally," said Warren Bell, president and owner of BioGrass Sod Farms in Utah. "Bella provides a low input lawn without sacrificing any quality characteristics. It is truly a revolutionary grass."
Bella Bluegrass, the only dwarf, vegetative bluegrass in the turf industry, is sure to revolutionize the bluegrass market. Originally developed by the University of Nebraska over a decade ago, Bella does not produce significant viable seeds, but because of its ability to re-grow from rhizomes and its rapid horizontal growth, it was a perfect candidate for vegetative propagation.
"Bella has a dense turf canopy that helps prevent weed growth," said Wayne Thorson, owner of Todd Valley Farms, the licensed owner of Bella. "Since Bella only grows three to four inches tall, the end user can reduce mowing by 50 to 80 percent."
The preliminary research data has been very consistent for Bella. Compared to other bluegrass standards, Bella has a very good rhizome system and better tolerates heat and drought. Ongoing comparative research is taking place in many different states including: Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Utah and California. Bella is also undergoing production-oriented testing in locations south of the transition zone to establish how far south Bella can be propagated.
The University of Nebraska is the developer of Bella, Todd Valley Farms is the licensed owner and Sod Solutions is the licensing and marketing agent.