Elijah Blue Grass Landscaping Plants
Elijah Blue grass landscaping plants are cool-season ornamental fescue grown as groundcover or accent plants in gardens and landscapes. There are several ways to plant Elijah Blue grass landscaping plants. First way, plant “Elijah Blue” fescue in average, well-draining soil. Although the plant tolerates light shade, full sunlight brings out the color of the foliage. Prepare for planting by digging the soil to a depth of at least 8 to 10 inches. If the soil is clay or sandy, dig in 2 to 3 inches of organic matter such as compost, leaf mold or chopped bark. Dig a balanced, 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil at planting time, using 1 to 2 pounds of dry fertilizer for every 100 square feet of planting space. Remove the grass carefully from its nursery container. Dig a hole the same depth as the height of the root ball, but at least twice the diameter. Place the plant in the hole. Be sure the surface of the root ball is even with the surface of the soil as planting too deeply can bury the crown; the point where the top of the plant joins the roots.
The next way to plant Elijah Blue grass landscaping plants; fill in around the root ball with soil, patting the soil gently but firmly as you go to remove air pockets. Thereafter, allow the soil to dry slightly between each watering, providing about 1 1/2 inch of water per week. Spread a thin layer of mulch around the plant to conserve moisture and control weeds. Use an organic mulch such as pine needles, chopped bark or compost. Limit mulch to 1 to 2 inches because a heavier layer may bury the crown and cause the plant to suffocate