Wednesday, October 31, 2012

National Turf Evaluation Program and the Southeast

Crabapple LandscapExperts provide the cutting edge of lawn care and turf information for our commercial and residential customers. Some of the research available is available through Executive Director Kevin Morris of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, that regularly publishes the results of the National Turf Evaluation Program NTEP.  The entire report (including data)on Tall Fescue is available, while data fromprevious trials is also available.  

UGA Turf Specialists run turfgrass trials at the Griffin, Georgia Experiment Station and contribute their data to the final evaluation from the Georgia perspectiveSpecific to the metro-Atlanta area that Crabapple covers, fescue varieties Rhambler and Monet were designated top performers for Georgia and earned top honors for the southeast.

Crabapple Landscape Experts consider many aspects of turf grass varieties evaluated in the NTEP Guide to Quality : 
Genetic Color 
Winter Color
Seasonal Color and Color Retention
Spring Greenup
Leaf Texture (leaf width from coarse to fine)  
Density of the turf (plants and tillers or sideshoots)
Living Ground Cover (spread during the growing season)
Seedling Vigor/Establishment  
Resistance to Disease or Insect Damage
Quality under shade   
Traffic Tolerance /Compaction  
 Drought Tolerance  
Thatch Accumulation
Sod Strength
Mowing Quality or “Steminess  
Resistance to Poa Annua Invasion
Frost Tolerance or Winter Kill

To discuss renovating the turf on properties you manage, contact your Crabapple LandscapExpert Rep at 770-740-9739. 

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