Colorant effects on dormant buffalograss turf performance

R. C. Shearman, L. A. Wit, S. Severmutlu, H. Budak, R. E. Gaussoin

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Abstract

Dormant buffalograss (Buchloë dactyloides) turfs, grown under field conditions, were treated with a colorant and evaluated for turfgrass color, quality, and cover. In addition, turfgrass canopy and soil temperatures were measured. Colorant treatments improved turfgrass color and quality when compared to the untreated control, and resulted in a color response that appeared similar to cool season turfgrasses growing in areas adjacent to the studies. Colorant treatments increased canopy and soil temperatures, and enhanced spring green-up. These results support the use of colorants as a means of extending the green appearance, and enhancing dormant buffalograss turf performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-246
Number of pages3
JournalHortTechnology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Buchloë dactyloides
  • Canopy temperature
  • Soil temperature
  • Turfgrass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture

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