The Insider's Guide to Putting Green Grass

Hank Kerfoot - Monday, September 02, 2013

Does the sight of healthy putting green grass make your heart beat a little faster, too?


The Insider's Guide to Putting Green Grass

When you love golf, you start picking up odd bits of information about courses, history, and even putting green grass. Did you know, for instance, that there are four basic types of grasses that are used on putting greens? Those are Bermuda, Bentgrass, Perennial Ryegrass, and Zoysia. (And all four types of grass are available as sod products.)

Bermuda
This is a warm weather grass that has been used on many different golf courses. This means that it does well in warmer places like the American South, Southwest, and West. It is a tough grass that handles care, mowing, and is easy to maintain. The one negative thing about this grass is that prolonged snow seems to cause it to die back. The solution is to overseed it with another type of grass.

Bentgrass
This is mostly a cool climate kind of grass and as such does really well on the coastal areas of the West Coast and East Coast. This is a grass that may need to be overseeded in summer, but otherwise it holds up to maintenance. This is a favorite grass of many courses although we are seeing a growing trend of courses switching to MiniVerde bermudagrass.

Perennial Ryegrass
This is also a cool weather grass. It has famous roots that can be found at Pebble Beach. This is a grass that works well in conjunction with Bermuda. It is what is used to overseed Bermuda grass in the fall and early spring.

Zoysia
This is a warm weather grass. It does not do well in extreme heat or cold. It is a clumping grass that works well outside of the putting green. It has a mow-height of not less than 3/4 inches.

For more information on putting green grass and other sod products, contact the pros at Modern Turf.

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