EVALUATING BENTGRASSES FOR QUALITY, BALL-ROLL DISTANCE, THATCH/MAT DEVELOPMENT AND ANNUAL BLUEGRASS INVASION
The industry trend to golf putting greens which produce greater ball-roll distances has led to development of high density creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris, Huds.) cultivars that tolerate very low mowing heights. These cultivars also have a finer leaf texture and improved competitiveness with the invasive weed, annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.). In this multi-year field study, newer cultivars showed superior quality, color, leaf texture, density and resistance to P. annua invasion than older cultivars; however, there were no significant differences among cultivars in ball roll distance (as determined by a Stimpmeter) or thatch/mat depth.
Harivandi, M.A., Hagan, W.B. and Morris, K.N. 2008. EVALUATING BENTGRASSES FOR QUALITY, BALL-ROLL DISTANCE, THATCH/MAT DEVELOPMENT AND ANNUAL BLUEGRASS INVASION. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 783:309-316
golf green, Stimpmeter, Poa annua, Agrostis palustris