Kentucky Bluegrass is the most widely used lawn grass in Colorado, but there are a number of other turfgrasses are suitable for specific areas of Colorado. Other grasses that generally work well for Colorado lawns are:
Blue Grama (western Colorado)
Buffalo grass will grow best at elevations lower than about 6,500 feet and in very sunny areas. It is advisable to look at an established buffalo grass lawn before you decide to plant your own. Compared with Kentucky bluegrass, buffalograss lawns need less water, fertilizer and mowing. But, buffalograss lawns tend to go dormant and turn brown earlier in the fall and become green later in the spring than Kentucky bluegrass.
Recommended turfgrasses for Colorado
Common lawn diseases found in Colorado lawns
Promoting healthy growth and avoiding conditions that cause stress to your turfgrass is the best way to prevent a severe disease outbreak. Stressed lawns are an open invitation for a lawn disease to gain a foothold. Optimal maintenance practices are the best way of avoiding stressed turfgrass.
Even if a pathogen is present in the soil, infection will not occur unless the environmental conditions are conducive to disease development. Once turf diseases have become active, they can cause heavy damage if not treated properly. Here is a list of common diseases to Colorado lawns:
Common lawn insects found in Colorad lawns
With the exception of billbug and white grub injury, brown spots in the Colorado lawn are rarely caused by insects; routine insecticide applications are highly discouraged and will do nothing to improve the quality of a drought-stressed lawn
Professional organizations and information: Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association, Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals, Colorado State University Extension, Colorado State Univesity Drought, Water & Fire