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Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

2017

Horticulture

Drought

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Performance And Recovery Of Turfgrasses Subjected To Drought And Traffic Stresses, R. Braun, D. Bremer, J. Hoyle, N. Bloedow Jul 2017

Performance And Recovery Of Turfgrasses Subjected To Drought And Traffic Stresses, R. Braun, D. Bremer, J. Hoyle, N. Bloedow

Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Reports

This study is an effort to determine effects of drought and traffic in turfgrasses. During a 41-day summer drought in 2015 and 2016, warm-season (C4) grasses were more affected by traffic than cool-season (C3) grasses when percent green cover and turf quality were measured. This was because the non-trafficked plots in C4 grasses maintained higher percent green cover and turf quality throughout the drought due to better drought-stress tolerance than the C3 grasses. Regardless of traffic treatment or mowing height, C4 grasses maintained higher percent green cover and visual turf quality than C3 grasses during drought and recovery periods. There ...