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Author(s):McKernan, D.; Ross, J. B.
Title:Low maintenance grass trial
Source:Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre 1994 Annual Report. 1994, p. 47-50.
# of Pages:4
Publishing Information:Olds, Alberta: Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Low maintenance turf; Weed competition; Drought stress; Drought resistance; Lolium perenne; Festuca ovina subsp. duriuscula; Festuca arundinacea; Agropyron; Bouteloua gracilis; Native grasses; Weather; Variety trials
Abstract/Contents:"City Parks Departments in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge have undertaken this research initiative in southern Alberta to examine the performance of twenty five grasses in a low maintenance situation. Plots were seeded in May of 1993 and have been evaluated through the summers of 1993 and 1994. The data presented here shows trends are starting to develop after only two growing seasons. With adequate precipitation in June in southern Alberta, the perennial ryegrasses displayed good quality and were competitive against weed invasion. However, largely due to drought stress they declined considerably over the summer and it was questionable whether the plants were alive going into winter. The hard and tall fescues were very strong performers, displaying aggressive growth and very good drought resistance. Not surprisingly, the wheatgrasses (crested, northern and intermediate) performed very well in area cover and showed a minimal amount of clumping. Another excellent performer this past year was the native grass, Blue gramma grass (Bouteloua gracilis) which showed good area cover, low growing height and minimal clumping habit. Weed ratings varied from Medicine Hat to Lethbridge due to different histories of the plot sites, the weather and different treatments at the two different sites."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
McKernan, D., and J. B. Ross. 1994. Low maintenance grass trial. Prairie Turfgrass Res. Annu. Rep. p. 47-50.
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