Southern Turfgrass Selection Chart

Southern Turfgrass Selection Chart

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Seasonal turf grass sod chart.

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A - Methods of Establishment - lists commercially viable options. B - Time to Finished Lawn - assumes seeding and sodding 'in season' for the specific turfgrass plant C - Establishment Cost - includes cost of product (seed and sod) at planting and input to "finished lawn"
D - Maintenance Cost - assumes keeping turfgrass in finished lawn appearance E - Traffic and Wear Tolerance - indicates resistance to normal landscape traffic and wear F - ShadeTolerance - will vary based on shade source, i.e. deciduous trees (Oak, Maple) produce more shade than pine trees
G - Care Required - for an attractive, healthy lawn H - Heat Tolerance - assumes survivability in normal southeastern US conditions I - Leaf Texture - Coarse, Medium, Fine
J - Turfgrass Quality - reflects historical consumer acceptance of visual qualities (color, texture, etc.) K - Carbon Footprint - attempts to set a value on the amount of carbon from sources like lawn mower fuel, fertilizers, pesticides, etc., necessary to establish and maintain a finished lawn.  

Zones of Adaptaion

We've developed our own hardiness zone map that reduces the 11 zones of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map into 5 zones representing turfgrasses hardiness. Why would we do this? Because turfgrasses are generally adaptable to broader ranges of temperatures than flowers, shrubs, and trees, so we widened the zones to make it easier to communicate about turfgrasses. Reference the map below or click here for more information about our Zone Map.