Shade and Traffic Tolerance of Bermudagrass and Zoysiagrass
Summary. Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass
are two of the most commonly used turfgrass
species on golf course fairways and
tees in the southern U.S. Shade from trees
is common on golf courses and limits turfgrass
growth. Additionally, turfgrasses are
often subjected to traffic, which damages
turf. The objectives of this study were to
evaluate the effects of shade and traffic on
bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivars.
Five cultivars of bermudagrass and seven
cultivars of zoysiagrass were maintained
under typical golf course fairway conditions.
Plots were grown in either full sun
or were shaded with a 50% light reducing
fabric. The cultivars containing the highest
coverage after two years of growth in
continuous shade were Cavalier, Diamond,
Meyer, Palisades and Zorro zoysiagrass, as
well as Princess 77, and Riviera bermudagrass.
The cultivars having the lowest coverage
in shade were Patriot and Tifsport
bermudagrass and Zenith zoysiagrass.
Princess 77 and Riviera bermudagrass, as
well as Cavalier, Meyer, and Zorro zoysiagrass
had the highest coverage when trafficked
regardless of shade treatment. Selecting
cultivars well-adapted to shade and
tolerant of trafficking will help golf course
and sports field managers improve playing
conditions while reducing maintenance inputs
Interesting about Riviera and Princess 77 tolerating some shade.
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