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Daytona International Speedway infield grass...

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by SE Ohio Buckeye, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. SE Ohio Buckeye

    SE Ohio Buckeye LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    what type of grass is in the infield? It has awesome stripes. Did not think warm season grasses could stripe like that???
     
  2. it looks great this year.
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    I am just guessing so don't burn me.

    Bermuda strips very nicely and is used on all the Ball fields as well as Golf Courses. 419 Bermuda seems to be the work horse of athletic turf. So auto racing is a Athletic Sport so why not Bermuda??

    BTW Common Bermuda home lawns are popular in North Florida and all of the South Eastern states.
     
  4. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    I have not been there for almost 20 years but back then it was indeed bermuda. In fact, in the campground area the grass was mostly wild bermuda with some bahia.
     
  5. Greg Amann

    Greg Amann LawnSite Member
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    I would almost bet it is winter rye.
    The bermuda on the higher end golf courses here in central Florida is still dormant. Daytona is north of us a little.
     
  6. tjlco

    tjlco LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 283

    I was just there Thursday, standing in the infield. It looks painted up close...I was trying to figure out the type, the blades were in my opinion, wider than rye or bermuda, but not as wide as floratam...
     
  7. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    I've never been on the infield but I wouldn't doubt that it was painted. I work for John Deere Landscapes and when I first started here about 6 years ago, we had to do online training for certain Lesco products and our Turf paint was included. During the training, it was stated that Lesco Paint was used to paint the turf in 19 of the last 20 Super Bowls. Again, this was back in 2005, so that may have changed, especially with the increase in fake turf fields.
     
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    my guess this time of the year is overseeded bermuda and its the rye that is striping and very green. Just a guess though,
     
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    Greg

    Good to see you posting.

    I forget that only a few miles North of me and there is not a YEAR ROUND GROWING SEASON. We really don't do any Rye Over seeding here. Fl Land over seeded his personal yard last year with Rye and seeded just a hair too heavy. This year with all the freezes he didn't over seed his Bermuda and it looks Dynamite and has for several weeks now. Last year the Over Seed chocked out the Spring flush that he got this year.

    My own Bermuda lawn doesn't look all that bad (no where as nice as Fl Land's Bermuda, I don't fert it). But the point is Common Bermuda seem to be giving a better spring Green up than our traditional Bahia. Bahia is supposed to Green up quicker than Bermuda.

    In Edit:

    Our soil is so alkaline that Bahia just doesn't do well. Bermuda is more tolerant of the Alkaline soil and grows pretty good here with little or no care.
     
  10. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Thanks for the compliment on my yard. And yes I will not overseed my lawn anymore, like you said the dormant season if any (which has been every year the past three years) is usually to short to bother and the transition looks like crap. BUT there is some very successful overseeding going on in our area at the Rays baseball spring training fields. They get the double eagle rye at lesco and overseed it, then again they have the guys with phd's and all the money in the world to have perfect fields year round.
     

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