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Quality grasses for Playgrounds!.
Playgrounds require the same planning and maintenance as
athletic fields (football / Soccer) due to the traffic and use
that is basically similar. Drainage is often an important
consideration in upgrading a playground where it will not be all
mud. Without proper drainage the field / play area will not
be usable thus limiting how often it can be used.
Grasses are similar to football selections.
Bermudagrass is the DOMINATE choice for Playground due to
Bermuda's excellent turf quality and the ability to be mowed low for
faster Athletic usage speeds. Bahiagrass turfs are used in
some of the lower South areas where drought tolerance and adaptation
to sandy soils is a higher priority than a durable play surface.
Centipede is used in areas where traffic is limited.
In the transitional zone Tall Fescues and Bermudas are both used.
There really is NOT a perfect choice for this area. Tall
Fescue requires a 2" height for adequate maintenance and also is a
bunch type requiring high rates of re-seeding to avoid and repair
any damaged areas. Fine fescues are often included to overcome
shade issues on school / playground sites.
Bermudagrasses are impacted by their off color during winter
dormancy and the higher risk of plant loss due to winter kill from
low temperatures. Bermudagrass fields must also be overseeded
each fall with Ryegrasses (during a break in schedule) to avoid
playing on dormant / brown fields in the fall. Additional
re-seeding of ryegrass as the season progresses is usually required.
In lower transitional zone Zoysiagrass will provide a
low-maintenance durable surface providing that traffic use is not
Kentucky Bluegrass is also used in the more NORTHERN parts of the
transitional zone. Maintenance is usually around 1-2 inches
with 2 inches preferable. It does have one big benefit and
that is that the rhizomes repair damaged turf over time without
Here in this area Kentucky Bluegrass is the DOMINATE choice.
Its aggressive growth and recuperative abilities (rhizomes) make it
the # 1 choice. It is also considered a safer playing surface
because of the cushioning effects of its thatch layer.
Bluegrass is though slow to fully establish, taking generally
1 year to mature. You can generally seed in spring with use
beginning in the fall. Perennial Ryegrass is often added
to mixtures of Bluegrass for field use, especially for fast repair
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