VARIETIES OF TURF SPECIES

Over the years, the number of varieties of turfgrass species that are commercially available has, for the most part, nearly doubled. Below are the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program's (NTEP) numbers of various species from different years, esimated using the number of entries in NTEP tests. This is not the total number of cultivars commercially available because NTEP's tests do not comprise all cultivars that are on the market at any one time. Kevin Morris, NTEP executive director, estimates the actual number to be 25 to 30 percent higher.

PERENNIAL RYEGRASS
1980 estimate 15 (no NTEP test yet)
1986 40
1990 53
1994 97
2002 100

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FINELEAF FESCUE
1980 estimate 15 (no NTEP test yet)
1983 20
1987 30
1993 74
1998 56

KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS
1980 40
1985 50
1990 55
1995 93
2002 102

CREEPING BENTGRASS
1985 estimate 7-8 (no NTEP test yet)
1989 12
1993 17
1998 20
2002 25

TALL FESCUE
1980 estimate 10 (no NTEP test yet)
1983 20
1987 25
1992 60
1996 70
2000 86

Source: Kevin Morris, executive director, National Turfgrass Evaluation Program

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