Niche Applications of Warm-Season Grasses in the Northern Tier of the Transition Zone

Steve McDonald

Cool-season turf growth slows during the summer in the Mid-Atlantic and northern tier of the transition zone due to summer stresses, such as high soil and air temperatures. Cool-season grasses are also susceptible to summer diseases that require frequent fungicide use to maintain turfgrass integrity. Traffic tolerance and slow recovery from stress can be challenges.

Improved bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivars are being used more frequently in these areas in niche applications: bunker banks, driving range tees, undersized tees, clubhouse lawns, pools, wedding areas and even fairways. In this 90-minute webcast, Steve McDonald reviews why warm-season species may be an option for higher traffic areas. In addition to optimal growth during the summer, there is the potential that warm-season grasses require less fertilizer, water, and fungicide input to provide acceptable turfgrass cover when compared with cool-season grasses such as creeping bentgrass and perennial ryegrass during the same period. Listen in to hear why a warm-season species may be a niche option for your facility.

Original presentation date: Nov. 13, 2014

About the instructor

Steve McDonald Steve McDonald is the owner of Turfgrass Disease Solutions, which conducts research trials and serves as an independent agronomic resource for turf managers. He earned a B.S. in turfgrass science from Delaware Valley College and a M.S. in turfgrass pathology from University of Maryland. McDonald teaches three courses in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management Program. His research efforts focus on the management of problematic diseases, insects, and weeds and the fertility of turfgrass. McDonald has taught both seminars and webcasts for GCSAA.


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