Virginia Turfgrass' July/August 2015 Issue

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon). Image via wikimedia.upload.org.

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon). Image via wikimedia.upload.org.

     In the July/August 2015 issue of Virginia Turfgrass (available here), Mike Goatley, Ph.D, Erik Ervin, Ph.D., Shawn Askew Ph.D and David McCall present an in-depth essay on prepping bermudagrass for fall/winter.

     Primarily discussing bermudagrass as it fairs in the transition zone, the article discusses cold tolerant varieties such as Latitude 36, Northbridge, Patriot, Riviera, Yukon and Sovereign while giving out some ideas for winter prep to superintendents. Some of their advice? Well check out the link above or below for the full article, but here are three bullet points below. 

  • Try to plan a "rebound" effect for just before the first frost (be sure to know your turf and how much or little PGR it needs).
  • Raise mowing heights before dormancy.
  • Test soil if need be, and ensure adequate pH, P and K levels.