The Beauty And Strength Of Turf

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Turf (also called sod) is propagated from seed and once grown and thriving, is cut up into long strips15 feet wide by lengths varying from 3 feet long to unlimited lengths. These strips are about 2 to 4 inches deep and sold by the linear foot to be planted in residence and commercial yards.

With the existing drought conditions prevalent in so many locations, it is important to plant drought-resistant grasses that can tolerate the lack of moisture. Here are some drought-resistant grasses that can be planted for a green lawn: 

  • Zoysia Grass - Zoysia grass is a genus of creeping grasses that can tolerate wide variations of sun and moisture. Zoysia grass is planted on commercial landscapes to stop erosion on uneven, sloping grounds. This grass resists disease and holds up well in high-traffic areas. 
  • Bermuda Grass - Bermuda grass is a genus of dense turf grasses used extensively in sports fields worldwide. This course-bladed grass is fast-growing and extremely durable. When damaged, it recovers quickly and pushes out other grasses and weeds. In some countries, Bermuda grass is considered sacred and used as medicine for diseases and conditions such as indigestion, diabetes, epilepsy, eye problems, skin rashes and wound care. 
  • St. Augustine Grass (also known as Buffalo Grass) - St. Augustine Grass is a genus of thick, tropical turf with dark green, broad, flat blades. It is a drought-tolerant grass but will also thrive near shorelines, lagoons, lakes, rivers, and wherever there is more moisture. St. Augustine Grass is not typically grown from seed, but is easily propagated by plugs and sprigs. Left alone, it will propagate easily on its own. 
  • Bahia Grass - Bahia grass is a perennial grass easily distinguished by its two spike-like blades that contain multiple small spikelets, each with a tiny flower. Bahia grass is a valuable soil stabilizer that controls erosion on sloping grounds. Bahia grass can grow almost anywhere even in soil that is infertile to other grass and plant species. It is a low-maintenance turf that is highly resistant to diseases and insects. 
  • Fescue Grass - Fescue grass is a genus of evergreen, flowering grasses with a height range of 4 to 79 inches. Fescue grasses are commonly used as ornamental grasses in cultivated landscapes and also planted as a highly nutritious feed for livestock. Because of its height, fescue is often used for soil erosion and to stabilize and reclaim barren land that has been ravaged by a lack of water. 

Various turf species can thrive in a variety of different climates. Turf is a low-maintenance plant that can easily prosper on its own. No matter what type of turf you plant, growing green turf is a thing of beauty and a joy to see, smell, and walk upon with bare feet.  

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