Grass Varities (and Photos)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The Lawn Boy Pro, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm going to be posting some pictures of different varieties of grasses in this post ASAP for those that would like to see some of the different grasses and what they look like from a cut-away viewpoint. I just have to upload all of them first:dizzy: . I have about 12 so far to upload, so please be paitent.;)

    I will also post some specifics on the grasses such as: Climate Adaption, Weaknesses, Strengths, Shade Tolerance, Water Needs, Fertilizer Needs, Wearability, Moing Height, Best Adapted Areas, etc.
     
  2. SeaJay

    SeaJay LawnSite Member
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    I'll be waiting, look forward to seeing it.
     
  3. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Climate Adaption: Warm Season
    Strengths: Low Maintenance. Extensive Root System Valued for erosion control and drought tolerance. Moderately agressive.
    Weaknesses: Forms a coarse, open lawn. Tall, fast-growing seed stalks need frequent mowing to remain attractive. Considered a weed in finer lawns. May turn a pale yellow from chlorosis. Dollar Spot and especially mole cricket may be a problem.
    Shade Tolerance: Fair to pretty good.
    Water Needs: God drought reistiance, but preforms best where rain is plentiful and evenly dstributed throughout the season.
    Fertilizer Needs: Low. Approx 4 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1Ksq. ft. per year.
    Wearibility: Good.
    Mowing Height: High- 3 inches
    Best Adapted: Infertile, sandy soil conditions.

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  4. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Climate Adaption: Cool Season
    Strengths: The coice of grass for putting greens, lawn bowling, and similiar uses. Can be mowed down to 1/4" high.
    Weaknesses: Requires very low mowing due to extensive thatch build-up if not maintained properly. Like all bentgrasses, Creeping bentgrass is susceptible to many diseases.
    Shade Tolerance: Somewhat tolerant, yet performs best in full sun.
    Water Needs: VERY HIGH. Poor drought tolerance.
    Fertilizer Needs: Medium to high. Requires 6-10 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1K sq. ft. oer year for best quality.
    Wearibility: Fair to good.
    Mowing Height: Keep it low, between 1/4" to 1" high.
    Best Adapted: Grows without special aid/care in sandy/loam soils.

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  5. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Climate Adaption: Warm Season
    Strengths: Likes heat, easy o grow in moist soils, takes on considerable abuse. The most widely adapted warm-season grass. Tolerates low maintenance, but makes a handsome lawn when given extra care.
    Weaknesses: Rather invasive, spreads rapidly, poor shade tollerance, often browns fall till spring (in southern areas).
    Shade Tolerance: Poor.
    Water Needs: Very Drought Tolerant but needs a water "boost" in extensively dry periods to still look decent.
    Fertilizer Needs: Medium to High. (4-8 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1K sq. ft. per year)
    Wearibility: Outstanding.
    Mowing Height: 1-2 inches.
    Best Adapted: Lower elevations of the south.

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  6. The Lawn Boy Pro

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    Climate Adaption: Warm Season
    Strengths: Same as common bermudagrass, but it is softer and of a finer texture. Generally has a sorter dormant season.
    Weaknesses: More water.fertilizer, and frequent mowing compared to common bermudagrass. More disease and insect prone. Requires seasonal thatch control to maintain a well manicured look.
    Shade Tolerance: Forget about attempting to growing it in the shade, unless you like to look a little brown seeds being washed away by water.
    Water Needs: Relatively drought tolerant, but should recievemore than common bermudagrass.
    Fertilizer Needs: High. UP TO 12 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1K sq. ft. per year.
    Wearibility: Excellent
    Mowing Height: 1/2-1 inch high.
    Best Adapted: The eastern coast around Long Island down to Raleigh, then norhtwest to mid-kansas.

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  7. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Climate Adaption: Cool Season
    Strengths: "The Standard" of lawns. Its what most think a lawn is to look like. Dense, dark green, medium texture. The most importiant lawngrass in north america.
    Weaknesses: Most varieties are weakened if mowed too short. Disease prone in high heat do to excessive mositure content.
    Shade Tolerance: Not too well, although some varieties show some tolerance.
    Water Needs: High, Will recover from drought (except in semi-arid regions) as rainy season begins.
    Fertilizer Needs: Low to medium. 3-6 lbs of Nitrogen per 1K sq. ft. per year.
    Wearibility: Medium.
    Mowing Height: 2-3 inches. in a very warm areas, mow at highest setting so that the grass retains moisture for growth.
    Best Adapted: Grown in every northern state.

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  8. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Climate Adaption: Cool Season
    Strengths: As agroup, color and density are superior to common kentucky bluegrass, Improved resistiance to diseases. Some varieties take on heat better, some can be mowed shorter. Higher than common kentucky bluegrass. Weaknesses:
    Shade Tolerance: Higher fertilizer needs and higher rate of thatch build-up.
    Water Needs: More drought sensitive than common kentucky bluegrass.
    Fertilizer Needs: Medium to high. about 4-8 lbs. of Nitrogen per 1K sq. ft. per year. Some will do well with as litle as 1-2 lbs if established in rich soil.
    Wearibility: Better than common kentucky bluegrass.
    Mowing Height: just under the height of common kentucky bluegrass. But for the most part, the same.
    Best Adapted: Same as common kentucky bluegrass.
     
  9. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
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    Great job so far. I like the pictures followed by the clear concise decription. Nice format, and thanks for all the time and effort. Much appreciated.
     
  10. The Lawn Boy Pro

    The Lawn Boy Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It takes about 15 minutes to post one post (becasue I am copying it out of a book). Also its an older book, so I have to scan the photos, crop them, adjust brightness, gamma, hue, contrast, etc. and then resize the image. It will take awhile to do this, but I'm sure it will help when the other guys on LawnSite refer to a type of grass and you want to know what it looks like. I think I might add the link to my sig. line for faster access too.
     

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