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

 

This chapter in PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL TURFGRASS RESEARCH CONFERENCE

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    Proceedings of the Third International Turfgrass Research Conference

    James B. Beard (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-248-1

     

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doi:10.2135/1974.proc3rdintlturfgrass.c7

The Performance of Phleum and Cynosurus Species on Sports Fields1

  1. C. Mehnert

Abstract

Abstract

In the Federal Republic of Germany the usual winter playing season (September–May) puts traffic tolerance, winter color, shoot growth initiation, cold tolerance, and drought resistance of turfgrasses to a severe test. Because of the climatic conditions, selection of the most appropriate seed mixtures for Bavarian soccer fields is a special problem. Observations of the sports turf fields of the Munich Universities Sports Center (ZHS) over several years have lead to the conclusion that turf timothy (Phleum bertolonii DC) behaves very aggressively under limited traffic conditions and provides good winter color due to early shoot growth initiation. However, its drought resistance is only moderate and it cannot tolerate intense traffic. Under intensive culture crested dogtail grass (Cynosurus cristatus L.) is not wear tolerant and competitive enough to become a major component of sports turfs.

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