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Author(s):McKernan, D.; Ross, J. B.; Penrice, J.; Patzer, G.
Author Affiliation:McKernan and Ross: Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre; and Penrice: City of Lethbridge; and Patzer: City of Medicine Hat
Title:The evaluation of various grasses grown under low maintenance conditions Medicine Hat and Lethbridge trial
Source:PTRC - Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre Annual Report1995 [Alberta]. 1995, p. 38-41.
# of Pages:4
Publishing Information:Olds, Alberta: Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Low maintenance; Alternative species; Species trials; Variety trials; Percent living ground cover; Weed invasion; Height; Drought resistance; Clumping; Poa; Festuca; Agropyron; Lolium; Native North American grasses
Abstract/Contents:"City Parks Departments in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge undertook a research initiative in southern Alberta to examine the performance of twenty five grasses in a low maintenance situation. Plots were seeded in both cities in May of 1993 and were evaluated through the summers of 1993, 1994 and 1995. This is the final report on this experiment. Over the three seasons of study, there was a consistent relationship between area cover and weed density. The best performers in area cover were Crested Wheatgrass, Northern Wheatgrass and Blue Grammagrass. Generally, these grasses also had the lowest weed density. The worst performers in area cover included Rough Fescue, Junegrass, Slender Wheatgrass, Alkaligrass and Kentucky bluegrass. The lowest growing grasses included Rough fescue, Chewings and Hard fescues, Kentucky bluegrass, Perennial ryegrass, Junegrass and Blue Grammagrass. They grew to an average height of 5.45 cm. There was very little difference between the grasses as far as their clumping habit was concerned. In fact, a statistical difference was barely noted over the three years. Drought measurements were affected by rainfall and temperature extremes over the three years of study, but was not always present during regular evaluations. Drought stress was very evident in 1994 and 1995 in southern Alberta. The grasses which showed the greatest drought tolerance during these periods were the Wheatgrasses (Intermediate, Western and Northern) and the Canada bluegrass. One of the Kentucky bluegrasses, Washington, also showed good drought stress tolerance. This was unexpected, as Kentucky bluegrass is not considered drought tolerant."
Follow-up on report in Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre Annual Report 1994 (R=38524)
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
McKernan, D., J. B. Ross, J. Penrice, and G. Patzer. 1995. The evaluation of various grasses grown under low maintenance conditions Medicine Hat and Lethbridge trial. Prairie Turfgrass Res. Annu. Rep. p. 38-41.
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