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Author(s):Stoutemyer, Verne
Author Affiliation:Division of Ornamental Horticulture, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.
Title:[Plugs and mixtures of U-3 bermuda]
Meeting Info.:October 7-9, 1951
Source:Proceedings of National Turf Field Days. 1951, p. 10-11.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:West Point, Pennsylvania: West Point Lawn Products
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Comparisons; Cultivar evaluation; Cynodon dactylon; Cyperus gracilis; Festuca arundinacea; Football fields; Plugs; Soil amendments; University of California, Los Angeles; Zoysia japonica; Zoysia matrella
Cultivar Names:Alta 144; Flawn; Meyer; U-3; Kentucky 31
Abstract/Contents:"The football practice field on the UCLA campus is a striking example of professional results of a consistent program for turf management. A year and a half ago Mr. Hallowell laid out a program which has been followed faithfully. Originally the field was in exceedingly poor condition. Today it is a beautiful dense turf. On one side many plugs of U-3 bermuda have well and taking out common bermudagrass. This field has attracted the attention of sports writers and has been described by Coach Sanders as the best football turf he has ever seen. Putting green mixtures using 50% bermuda and 50% bentgrass stolons planted in April, 1950, have performed remarkably well. The mixtures of U-3 bermuda and Congressional bent have been outstanding. The mixtures have stabilized at about 75% bentgrass and 25% bermuda with the exception of Arlington bent which has been losing ground this past summer. Differential fertilizer treatments have not changed the composition of the turf appreciably. Liberal nitrogen feeding during the summer has not resulted in any loss of bentgrass foundation. The U-3 bermuda has been outstanding because it has very little tendency to form seed heads when cut at putting green height. The bermuda-bent mixture should be mowed with comb or brush attachment in order to combat any tendency to graininess. During much of the year this combination has been outstanding. Studies of methods of changing the composition of turf by plugging have been conducted by Mr. M. Zaki Mahdi, graduate student from Eqypt. Spread from plugs has generally been slow in well established type turf of the different species. The removal of competition has given remarkable increases in the rate of spread. Alta fescue and similar types of tall fescues such as Kentucky 31 continue to be outstanding in health, vigor and year-round green color. When mixed with fine textured grass especially if the percentage of Alta fescue is low, the grasses develop plots having leaves with very coarse texture. Some heavy new seedings of Alta fescue have shown rather fine texture and studies will be made of seeding rates of this grass. The Flawn strain of Zoysia matrella has been shown to hold considerable winter cooler in this vicinity. Zoysia japonica does not, at least any strain tested so far and the same is true of ordinary species of Zoysia matrella. This character is being studied on seedling selections of Zoysia matrella of the variety Flawn. Alta fescue appears to mix very well with Zoysia japonica and Z-52 which has been named Meyer. Cyperus gracilia, a sedge from Queensland, Australia used for shady lawns in Hawaii, has been shown to have excellent possibilities in southern California. It is much more drought and disease resistant than any of the standard shade grasses, has a beautiful light color, can be mowed with a hand mower and does not discolor under sharp frost. The exact amount of cold tolerance is unknown. It reproduced from plantlets born on the top of the stem. The Highland strain of Colonial bent has shown considerable tolerance to potassium cyanate weed killers. All other bents in our collection have been damaged severely at ordinary rates of application. In the soil amendment plots pumice, vermiculite and heat treated diatomaceous earth continue to produce superior quality turf. Perlite and volcanic scorea have not been particularly desirable."
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Stoutemyer, V. 1951. [Plugs and mixtures of U-3 bermuda]. Proc. Natl. Turf Field Days. p. 10-11.
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