chapter  Chapter 11
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Choosing the Right Grass to Fit the Environment

WithNick E. Christians, Milton C. Engelke

The center-of-origin of the grass and regions with similar climatic and edaphic conditions represent its optimum growth environments. Cool-season grasses, such as creeping bentgrass, and perennial ryegrass may be used in warmer climates, but the additional stress on the grass during high temperature periods results in the need for more frequent irrigation, and timely fungicide applications to prevent diseases than would be required to manage these species in their respective zones of adaptation. Kentucky bluegrass has excellent recuperative and reproductive capacity. Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is a cool-season bunch grass which is particularly well adapted to the transition zone of the US Creeping bentgrass is the principle cool-season grass used for high quality golf greens in temperate and sub-arctic climates. The turf-type buffalograsses were developed specifically for use as a low maintenance turf. Their aggressive vegetative growth habit makes them particularly well suited for use as an amenity turf for conservation and soil stabilization.