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Author(s):Mintenko, A. S.; Smith, S. R.; Cattani, D. J.
Author Affiliation:Mintenko and Smith: University of Manitoba, Canada; and Cattani: Nova Scotia Agricultural College
Title:Turfgrass evaluation of native grasses: Buffalograss, inland desert saltgrass, and sweetgrass
Section:Turfgrass science
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Meeting Info.:Minneapolis, MN: November 5-9, 2000
Source:2000 Annual Meeting Abstracts [ASA/CSSA/SSSA]. 2000, p. 158.
Publishing Information:[Madison, WI]: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Mowing height; Visual evaluation; Low maintenance; Native grasses; Bouteloua dactyloides; Distichlis stricta; Hierochloe odorata; Cold resistance; Drought resistance; Color
Cultivar Names:Bismarck
Abstract/Contents:"The high environmental costs of maintaining golf courses, home lawns and public areas has created a tremendous interest in developing low-maintenance turfgrasses. There has been very little research into the suitability of North American native grasses for use as low-maintenance turfgrass across western Canada and north central USA, even though they have evolved under the environmental extremes of these regions. The objective of this research was to identify native grasses suitable for low-maintenance turf. The following vegetatively propagated native grass species 'Bismarck' buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides [Nutt.] Engelm.), inland desert saltgrass (Manitoba-Saskatchewan ecotype) (Distichlis stricta [Torr.] Rydb.) and sweetgrass (Manitoba ecotype) (Hierchloe odorata [L] Beauv.) were evaluated under mown (2 1/2 inches) and non-mown regimes. Bismarck buffalograss and inland desert saltgrass both had high quality ratings in the mown and non-mown trials. These two grasses were winter hardy, drought tolerant and maintained consistent green colour during the summer months. Inland desert saltgrass will require a breeding and selection program before public use as a low-maintenance turf. With its excellent winter hardiness Bismarck buffalograss should be suitable for use as a low-maintenance turfgrass across western Canada and north central USA."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Mintenko, A. S., S. R. Smith, and D. J. Cattani. 2000. Turfgrass evaluation of native grasses: Buffalograss, inland desert saltgrass, and sweetgrass. Annu. Meet. Abstr. p. 158.
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