BERMUDAGRASS PERFORMANCE WHEN USED FOR TEMPORARY COVER ON SPORT FIELDS IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES SUBJECTED TO INTENSIVE SIMULATED FOOTBALL-TYPE WEAR
Seeded bermudagrass has been used for temporary cover on athletic fields in temperate climates subject to intensive football-type wear. Our study evaluated vegetatively sprigged bermudagrasses for this same purpose along with combinations of cool-season grasses. Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.), Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.), creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) and bermudagrass (Cynodon spp.) were planted as monostands and mixtures during summer 2001 and 2002 in Ames, Iowa, USA. All materials were rated according to turf cover, quality and color after they were subject to autumn football wear simulation. Bermudagrass provided better summer establishment than cool-season grasses. During summer establishment and following autumn wear, vegetative types provided more turf cover than seeded types. Better performance occurred when perennial ryegrass was added during the initial summer establishment period compared to adding perennial ryegrass just before the autumn wear season in September. Perennial ryegrass performed better than KB or CB alone or in combination with seeded bermudagrass.
Valverde, F.J., Minner, D.D. and Li, D. 2008. BERMUDAGRASS PERFORMANCE WHEN USED FOR TEMPORARY COVER ON SPORT FIELDS IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES SUBJECTED TO INTENSIVE SIMULATED FOOTBALL-TYPE WEAR. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 783:371-380
traffic tolerance, cool-season grass, warm-season grass, wear, simulator