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Content Type:Q & A
Corporate Author(s):USGA Green Section
Title:Will turf grasses survive flooding with salt water?
Section:Our letter box
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Source:Turf Culture [II]. Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1939, p. 152.
Publishing Information:Washington, DC: United States Golf Association, Green Section
# of Pages:1
Question:"Some of our turf was under sea water for several hours and has turned completely brown. We have had the turf spiked but have not been able to water due to the fact that the sea water entered our water supply. After several tests the water is still adjudged salty. We would like to know if in your opinion the turf will be permanently damaged or if we may expect it to survive. What treatment do you recommend our using to re-establish our turf?"
Source of Question:Massachusetts
Answer/Response:"Ordinarily creeping bent is able to withstand a considerable amount of salt water. If your turf contains a good proportion of creeping bent no doubt most of it will survive. However, the colonial and velvet bents, as well as Poa annua, are more apt to be severely damaged than the creeping bent. If your turf is composed chiefly of these grasses the chances are you will find much of it will not survive. We note that your water supply is still salty and therefore you have been unable to water frequently. This is unfortunate since the best treatment no doubt would be to water frequently with fresh water as to reduce the concentration of the salt. As soon as you can obtain fresh water it would be well to keep the turf watered thoroughly to try to leach out the salt as rapidly as possible. If it is impossible to get a supply of fresh water it would be well to topdress with a light topdressing. This would reduce the evaporation and consequently slow down the process of salt concentration on the surface of the turf. If the grass does not recover sufficiently by spring we advise liberally seeding with colonial bent as early as possible."
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Recommendations; Reestablishment; Salt tolerance; Salt water intrusion
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
USGA Green Section. 1939. Will turf grasses survive flooding with salt water?. Turf Culture [II]. 1(2):p. 152.
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