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Evaluating bentgrasses for quality, ball-roll distance, thatch/mat development and annual bluegrass invasion
- Harivandi, M.A., Hagan, W.B., Morris, K.N.
- Acta horticulturae 2008 no.783 pp. 309
- Agrostis stolonifera var. palustris, turf grasses, golf courses, Poa annua, grass weeds, crop-weed competition, plant density, mowing, height, cultivars, leaves, field experimentation, color, plant litter, thatch, California
- The industry trend to golf putting greens which produce greater ball-roll distances has led to development of high density creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris, Huds.) cultivars that tolerate very low mowing heights. These cultivars also have a finer leaf texture and improved competitiveness with the invasive weed, annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.). In this multi-year field study, newer cultivars showed superior quality, color, leaf texture, density and resistance to P. annua invasion than older cultivars; however, there were no significant differences among cultivars in ball roll distance (as determined by a Stimpmeter) or thatch/mat depth.