Conserving Water in the Garden: Landscape and Lawn Care

Conserving Water in the Garden: Landscape and Lawn Care

Describes ways to keep your landscape healthy when water supplies are restricted. Covers developing watering priorities, applying water efficiently, and modifying maintenance. Includes tips on fertilizing, lawn mowing, and pruning.

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn in Western Oregon

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn in Western Oregon

Describes options for different levels of lawn care--from keeping a lawn lush and green year-round to allowing it to go partially dormant in the summer. Discusses mowing, watering, fertilizing, and dethatching, and gives recommended schedules for each. Includes a list of additional resources.

Annual Bluegrass , Poa annua L.

Annual Bluegrass , Poa annua L.

Revised Feb. 2008

In nature, annual bluegrass, Poa annua L. behaves as a true annual. It germinates in fall or spring when moisture is adequate and develops quickly, often flowering six to eight weeks after germination. In the Pacific Northwest we see it most commonly as a winter annual (Fig 1). After flowering and setting seed these annual types die typically from drought and leave dormant viable seed behind to germinate when moisture again becomes available. This efficiency in seed production makes annual bluegrass a major component of the seed bank of cultivated soils.

Creeping Bentgrass

Creeping Bentgrass

Introduction:

For as long as golf has been played in the Pacific Northwest creeping bentgrass has been planted on putting greens, first as a component of South German mixed bentgrass, and later as seeded or stolonized varieties. In recent years, intense breeding and selection work has resulted in a flood of new cultivars with widely varying characteristics and generally much improved surface quality. While early creeping bentgrasses quickly gave way to annual bluegrass, newer cultivars are much more competitive and may prove to be much more persistent.

Tall Fescue

Tall Fescue

Lolium arundinaceum (Schreb.) Darbysh.
(Formerly Festuca arundinacea Schreb.

Introduction:

Tall fescue is probably the most widely planted cool season grass in the world. This guide will cover botany, history, cultural requirements, and strengths and weaknesses of this fascinating grass.

Botanical Characteristics and Identification:

The Fine Fescues

Festuca sp.

Introduction:

The fine fescues are composed of several different Festuca species and subspecies. All are fine textured compared to most other commonly planted turfgrasses. Fine fescues have long been used in mixtures with other grasses and are generally considered the standard for shade tolerance in cool season grasses. In recent years, the fine fescues have received attention as low input environmentally sustainable grasses. Most retail lawn mixtures contain at least some fine fescue.

Botanical Characteristics:

Perennial ryegrass Lolium perenne L.

Perennial ryegrass  Lolium perenne L.

Lolium perenne L.

Introduction:

Kentucky Bluegrass, Poa pratensis L.

Kentucky Bluegrass, Poa pratensis L.

Poa pratensis L.

Introduction:

Colonial and Highland bentgrass

(Agrostis sp.)

Introduction:

Shade Trial Summary 2008

Shade Trial – Area 4
Seeded Spring 2003

Introduction:

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