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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Selection, installation, and maintenance of ornamental grass beds for golf courses
Year: 2002
Author(s): Vassey, T. L.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Third Eastern Native Grass Symposium
Source Type: Proceedings
pages: 165
Original Publication:  
Abstract: The use of ornamental and native grasses in a more formal bed setting is increasing on today’s golf courses. For that reason, there are more species of grasses available than ever before. Many of the traditionally wild types (native and prairie grasses) are being hybridized and/or selected for a more ornamental look. Improvements in size, vegetative colors, brighter showier inflorescence, growth habits and overall ease of maintenance requirements have been made. The most striking example is switchgrass. Switchgrass, used mostly as a forage grass, is native to the American Midwest. Being a C4 warm season grass, it provides a tremendous amount of quality animal feed in the summer months when cool season grasses can falter. It has also been used in soil conservation mixes because it provides maintenance free soil cover. One new release, that is particularly note worthy, is Dallas Blue switchgrass. It has a beautiful, almost Carolina blue, color and displays a bright purple inflorescence in the fall. additionally, other switchgrass varieties such as Heavy Metal, Cloud Nine, and Prairie Sky to name only a few are also available. Other grasses that have been developed beyond their wild look are indiangrass (Sioux Blue), little bluestem (The Blues) and pink Muhly (Lenca). These are all very hardy in this are and once established are virtually maintenance free.
Publisher: The North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, October 1-3, 2002. Omnipress, Madison, WI
Editor(s): J. Randall