New Turf Website

BeaverTurf.com - the new turfgrass website from Oregon State University - is nearing completion.  We hope you like the new site and the information and resources that it provides. 

Please let us know about any bugs, errors, or other problems that you might encounter, as well as any other feedback you may have.  Thanks and happy surfing!

Fertility Management for Annual Bluegrass

Fertility Management for Annual Bluegrass

Putting greens in Oregon range from 80% to almost 100 % annual bluegrass.  The reality of golf course maintenance in the Pacfic North West is that annual bluegrass will eventually dominate turf on tees, greens, and fairways.

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Ecolawns for the Pacific Northwest

Ecolawns for the Pacific Northwest

What should lawns be? • Do all lawns have to be pure grass? • Do lawns have to be a mono-culture? • Are there good broadleaf weeds? • Are there niches for different kinds of lawns? • Who decides what is appropriate?

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Turfgrass Seeding Recommendations for the Pacific Northwest

Explains the basics of germination, purity, seed tags, seeds per pound, blends, mixtures, and overseeding. Provides seeding and overseeding recommendations for putting greens, tees, fairways, sports fields, home lawns, cemeteries, roadsides, and slope stabilization for Idaho, and western and eastern Oregon and Washington. Describes the characteristics and uses of new cultivars of turftype tall fescues and provides average number of seeds per pound for common turfgrasses. Intended for homeowners, seed companies, sales people, and turfgrass managers.

Controlling Moss in Lawns

This publication examines the cultural, mechanical and chemical control of moss in lawns.

Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation

Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation

This publication will take you through the steps needed to successfully plant a new lawn or renovate an old one. If you follow these steps, you will get it right the first time!

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.

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