What Are the Differences Between Various Types of Turfgrass?

BJ Haunert - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Turf grasses

The kind of turfgrass you use may fall into playability and player concerns, especially when durability and hardiness is a major concern. There are many different types of turfgrass, but here we’ll list the differences between three particular types: Zoysia, Bermudagrass, and Ultradwarf.

When playability and player concerns are an issue during turfgrass renovation, here is a quick reference to help guide your decision between Zoysia, Bermudagrass, and Ultradwarf:

1. Why Choose Zoysia?

  • Soft, fine texture
  • Good choice for home lawns, golf courses, and parks
  • Tolerates a moderate amount of shade
  • Dense grass mats
  • Less vulnerable to fungus and insects
  • Leaf blade width: 1/10th inch
  • Long establishment period

2. Why Choose Bermudagrass?

  • Drought tolerant
  • Heat tolerant
  • Good choice for home lawns and golf courses
  • Does well under low mowing conditions
  • Germinates and establishes quickly
  • Superb wear tolerance
  • Poor shade tolerance
  • Leaf blade width: 1/4th inch (Common Bermuda)

3. Why Choose Ultradwarf?

  • Deep roots
  • Best grass for golf course putting surfaces
  • Tolerates very low mowing
  • Good salt tolerance
  • Less vulnerable to disease
  • Establishes quickly
  • Consistent color
  • Average shade tolerance

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a particular type of turfgrass. Use this quick reference list to help narrow down your options by determining the goals of your turf.

At Modern Turf, our lawn care services team understands your playability and player concerns, which is why we offer a full-service assessment of your lawn to determine which grass type best fits your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our professional lawn care services.

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