Information on Kentucky 31 Grass Seed


Kentucky 31 is a variety of tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) found in pastures and meadows. Farmers' livestock graze on this perennial grass, which is found in the southeastern United States and areas throughout Europe.


  • Dr. E.N Fergus of the University of Kentucky discovered Kentucky 31 after observing an unknown variety of tall fescue growing in a Kentucky farm pasture. Dr. Fergus collected, tested and eventually sold the seed to farmers in 1943.

Seed Description

  • The 7-millimeter long, egg-shaped Kentucky 31 seeds are planted in the spring at a rate of 6 pounds per 1,000 square feet, according to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The seeds mature in the summer, sprouting glossy, dark green blades approximately 4 inches long.


  • Kentucky 31 thrives in well-drained, heavy clay and sandy soils.


  • Kentucky 31 is mowed when it reaches a height of 3 inches. Water is given once every two weeks, and fertilizer is applied in the summer to prevent crabgrass.

Fun Fact

  • The "31" in Kentucky 31 refers to the year, 1931, when the grass was discovered.

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