Studies on the Development of Turfgrass Seedings on Roadsides in the Federal Republic of Germany1
- W. Trautmann and
- W. Lohmeyer
Red fescue (Festuca rubra L.) was the most important and enduring turf developer on sandy loam soils of the Rheinische Schiefergebirge. This finding applied to at least one third of the roadsides in the Federal Republic of Germany. Sheep fescue (F. ovina L.) replaces red fescue on flat, rocky and sandy soils. These results from the Darmstadt area, however, can only be applied to other regions to a limited extent. Thus, in northern Germany, Festuca rubra can also be used on loamy sand soils.
The importance of colonial bentgrass (Agrostis tenuis Sibth.) and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) as components of seed mixtures for roadside turfs was more minor than expected. The use of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) as a temporary cover along roadside motorways of the Rheinische Schiefergebirge did not lead to a suppression of the slower emerging grasses. Instead, it assumed the role of the first slope stabilizer on such unfertilized sites, subsequently gave way to species adopted to maintenance conditions, and disappeared some years later. Rough bluegrass (P. trivialis L.), annual bluegrass (P. annua L.), redtop (A. alba L.), and wavy hairgrass [Deschampsia flexuosa (L.) Trin.] were unsuited for turfs along the roadsides studied.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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