The methods you use and the grasses you select when you start your lawn will, to a great extent, determine the quality and ease of maintenance. A quality lawn will increase the value and appeal of your property, and maintaining it can be very satisfying work.
Both cool-season and warm-season grasses can be grown in Kentucky, although most of the state is not ideally suited to either one. Because of temperature extremes in summer and winter, developing a really good lawn may be a big challenge. Proper establishment and management techniques may differ considerably from those used in surrounding states. Still, if you know these local problems and establish your lawn correctly, a good lawn is possible and should not be expensive to maintain.
Powell, A. J. Jr., "Lawn Establishment in Kentucky" (2000). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. Paper 4.