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Author(s):Gibeault, Victor A.
Title:Kikuyugrass on California courses seems viable alternative
Source:Golden State Fairways. Vol. 1, No. 1, First quarter 1989, p. 22-23.
Publishing Information:Las Vegas: R/K Communications Group, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Choice of species; Pennisetum clandestinum
Abstract/Contents:"Many golf courses in the San Francisco Bay area, the central coast, and southern California have been invaded by, and are presently partially or completely covered by the warm season kikuyugrass. Kikuyugrass was introduced into southern California around 1920 for soil erosion and turf plantings. Kikuyugrass is extremely aggressive, spreading by stolons, rhizomes and seed. The growth rate and growth habit accounts for the very invasive characteristics of kikuyugrass and the reason for it being considered a weed by turfgrass managers and many golf superintendents. Undesirable characteristics include its fairly light green color; its movement into flower, shrub or fence lines; its tendency to produce a deep thatch layer; its silver appearance from fliament exertion; and its invasion into putting greens and sand traps. The positive turf characteristics include its competitive ability against broadleaf and grassy weeds; its relative resistance to insect and disease damage; its drought tolerance; its ability to withstand varying mowing; its better winter color than other warm season turfgrasses. The growth, development and breeding mechanism of the grass must be studied so that plant improvement through breeding can occur."
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Geographic Terms:California
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Gibeault, V. A. 1989. Kikuyugrass on California courses seems viable alternative. Golden State Fairways. 1(1):p. 22-23.
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