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Fast Facts

Please review some of the frequently asked questions we receive about our grasses.

Q. Which grass is right for me?

A. First, geographical considerations come into play. All of the grasses offered by Environmental Turf are warm-season turfgrasses. This means, in general, that our grasses prefer growing conditions in temperate climates where a hard freeze is rare. According to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the temperatures to achieve optimal growing rates for such grasses is between 75F and 95F. However, this does not mean that these grasses won't grow in cooler weather, but growth will be slower with lower temperatures. Prime areas for warm-season turgrasses include: Southern California, the Southwest, Texas, the Gulf States, the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, the Caribbean, the Pacific Rim, Southern Europe, the Mediterranean and the tropics.

Once you've discovered that warm-season turfgrasses will grow in your climate, you'll then want to consider other factors such as salt tolerance, maintenance issues, shade tolerance, drought tolerance and more.

For example, a golf course looking for a turfgrass that can be irrigated with effluent water should consider either SeaDwarf® or Aloha® Seashore Paspalum.

Or, a homeowner who wants a good looking lawn that doesn't require much maintenance should consider UltimateFlora Zoysia™ or Hammock Centipede™.

Visit Our Grasses to find out more information about our specific turfgrasses.

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Q. Where can I buy your grasses?

A. Environmental Turf sells our grasses through a network of Licensed Growers. Environmental Turf ships our grasses in the United States and around the world. See the Where To Buy for more details.

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Q. How are your grasses installed?

A. Our grasses are installed as either sod or sprigs. It is recommended that a professional installs your grass to insure its optimal establishment.

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Q. Which should I buy: sod or sprigs?

A. Sod and sprigs are both beneficial methods of installation. Sod, described as a matt of soil with roots on the bottom and green plant material on top, comes in rolls or as flat slabs delivered on pallets. Sprigs are cut at the sod farm into pieces with live roots attached and are spread out onto the soil at the project site.

In general, golf courses are grassed with either sprigs or sod. Residential lawns and athletic fields are commonly grassed with sod.

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Q. Can Seashore Paspalum be used for home lawns?

A. Absolutely! Seashore Paspalum has been used succesfully on many home lawns. The grass is especially well-suited for coastal areas and in communities where irrigation with reclaimed water is preferred. Environmental Turf has installed Seashore Pasplaum lawns all over Florida, from Naples, on the southwest coast, to Jacksonville on the northeast coast. There are also entire neighborhoods in Santa Barbara, California, that use Seashore Paspalum as their standard residential lawn turfgrass. It is strongly suggested that Seashore Paspalum home lawns be professionally maintained.

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Q. Can Seashore Paspalum be used on Golf Courses?

A. Yes! Yes! Yes! Seashore Paspalum has been used successfully on golf courses all over the world. Environmental Turf has grown Seashore Paspalum for golf courses in Spain, Puerto Rico, the islands of St. Kitts and the Turks and Caicos. Seashore Paspalum has also been used to great acclaim on golf courses domestically from Florida, to Texas to California.

SeaDwarf® Seashore Paspalum is our premium golf course grass. It can be mowed at heights ranging from 1/8 to about 4 inches, making it ideal for wall-to-wall applications. It makes for a smooth, true, fast green and luxurious fairways and tees. SeaDwarf roughs, though not overly long, are highly-playble as the ball sits up beautifully in the grass.

Aloha® Seashore Paspalum is also recommended for golf courses. Aloha® differs from SeaDwarf ™ in that its roughs may be slightly longer. As the leaf blades of Aloha® are wider than with SeaDwarf ™ , Aloha® greens may deliver a slightly slower green speed than SeaDwarf® greens--something that is desirable for many public and municipal courses.

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Q. Can Seashore Paspalum be used on athletic fields?

A. Yes, again! Seashore Paspalum has been used on athletic fields around Florida and the sports turf managers using this grass report excellent playing and maintenance conditions.

Both SeaDwarf® and Aloha® Seashore Paspalum are well-suited for use on athletic fields for several reasons: the grasses heal very quickly from damage done by cleats and foot traffic, they stand up to wear, tolerate soil compaction as well as a wide variety of soil conditions, survive under prolonged cloudy or wet conditions, have a soft feel, and may be irrigated with poor quality water.

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Q. How do I care for Seashore Paspalum?

A. Though not difficult to care for, Seashore Paspalum differs in maintenance needs from several other varieties of turfgrass such as Bermudagrass. SeaDwarf® and Aloha® Seashore Paspalum, in general, take up to 50 percent less water and up to 75 percent less nitrogen than Bermudagrass. They may be irrigated with low quality or salty water. The grasses are so salt-tolerant, in fact, that ordinary table salt may be used as an herbicide in both SeaDwarf® and Aloha® Seashore Paspalum.

Environmental Turf has produced a publication that further provides tips on maintaining Seashore Paspalum. It is available for free as a download or as a printed book.

Click here to download a free PDF copy of Suggestions for the Care of Seashore Paspalum.

Or email us to request a printed copy mailed to you.

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Q. How salt-tolerant is Seashore Paspalum?

A. SeaDwarf ® and Aloha® Seashore Paspalum are highly salt tolerant. They can be irrigated with alternative water sources such as brackish water, gray water, or effluent water.

Weeds can be treated with ordinary table salt. SeaDwarf® and Aloha® will remain unharmed!

SeaDwarf® and Aloha® are perfect for situations where quality irrigation water is not an option.

SeaDwarf® and Aloha® are great for seaside applications. Salt spray over seawalls won't harm them.

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Q. Do you ship internationally?

A. Yes, we do. We have shipped our SeaDwarf® Seashore Paspalum to many international locations such as Spain, and the islands of St. Kitts, the Turks and Caicos, and Puerto Rico.

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