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Book: Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America



  1.  p. 23-34
    Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference

    Eliot C. Roberts (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-573-4




Wear tolerance of turfgrass cultivars in the United Kingdom1

  1. J.P. Shildrick


One of the most important criteria in choosing cultivars for use in the United Kingdom is what is loosely described as wear tolerance. “Wear”, meaning the many different ways in which force is applied to turf, depends on so many factors that it is misleading to postulate or look for a single character labelled “wear tolerance”. “Wear” needs to be defined and assessed in terms appropriate to each turf use, and assessment is always complicated by the interaction of wear effects and turf recovery.

Three machines are used for artificial wear treatments at the Sports Turf Research Institute at Bingley, England. In recent trials, turf cultivars of Lolium perenne L. such as ‘Manhattan’ and ‘Sprinter’ have shown better resistance to wear and have required less mowing than most other cultivars. Mowing and artificial wear treatments on Poa pratensis L. have indicated several promising cultivars, particularly ‘Sydsport’, but no cultivar yet excels in establishment. Cultivars of Phleum bertolonii DC. and Phleum pratense L. have established themselves vigorously and withstood hard wear. Some nonrhizomatous or short rhizomatous cultivars of Festuca rubra L. are very valuable for turf mown at 5 mm, although some of the short rhizomatous cultivars are seriously susceptible to disease. Additional index words: Wear, Cultivar trials, Lolium perenne, Poa pratensis, Phleum bertolonii, Festuca rubra L.

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