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Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass)

Beginner
skill rating
5 hours care
per year
0.3m
Max height
3m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Poa pratensis

Other names

Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass, Meadow grass, Utility lawn grass

Genus

Poa Poa

Species

P. pratensis - P. pratensis is a creeping lawn grass with smooth, green or greyish green leaves with smooth leaf shafts. A popular utlility lawn grass which is useful for sandy and shady spots.


Poa pratensis is: Semi evergreen

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Ants , Birds , Chafer grubs in lawns , Dog urine , Leather jackets (European crane fly) , Moles , Worm casts on lawns Ants , Birds , Chafer grubs in lawns , Dog urine , Leather jackets (European crane fly) , Moles , Worm casts on lawns

Algae in grass , Dollar spot , Lichen in grass , Ophiobolus patch , Red thread (Corticium disease) , Snow mould (fusarium patch) , Toadstools and fairy rings Algae in grass , Dollar spot , Lichen in grass , Ophiobolus patch , Red thread (Corticium disease) , Snow mould (fusarium patch) , Toadstools and fairy rings

General care

Pruning

Mow regularly


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Where to grow

Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Lawn

Cultivation

This utility lawn grass is slow to establish, but once it does spreads rapidly and produces a hard-wearing turf that is resistant to dry weather. Does not tolerate frequent, close mowing.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Poa pratensis

Other names

Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass, Meadow grass, Utility lawn grass

Genus

Poa Poa

Species

P. pratensis - P. pratensis is a creeping lawn grass with smooth, green or greyish green leaves with smooth leaf shafts. A popular utlility lawn grass which is useful for sandy and shady spots.

Foliage

Semi evergreen


Colour

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Ants , Birds , Chafer grubs in lawns , Dog urine , Leather jackets (European crane fly) , Moles , Worm casts on lawns

Specific diseases

Algae in grass , Dollar spot , Lichen in grass , Ophiobolus patch , Red thread (Corticium disease) , Snow mould (fusarium patch) , Toadstools and fairy rings

General care

Pruning

Mow regularly


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass) will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Ground Cover, Lawn

Cultivation

This utility lawn grass is slow to establish, but once it does spreads rapidly and produces a hard-wearing turf that is resistant to dry weather. Does not tolerate frequent, close mowing.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Poa pratensis (Smooth-stalked meadow lawn grass)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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