Four New Turfgrasses Unveiled by University of Florida and Environmental Turf

Four new environmentally friendly turfgrasses were unveiled at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando by officials from the University of Florida and Environmental Turf.

The new grasses are: Aloha Seashore Paspalum, Ultimate Zoysia, Pristine Zoysia and Hammock Centipede.

“These four new grasses were designed to replace St. Augustine on home lawns and Bermudagrass on golf courses,” said Dr. Brian Scully, professor of plant breeding and genetics at the University of Florida. Scully was the principal investigator and lead scientist who helped develop the new grasses.

The four new grasses were announced by Dr. Jimmy Cheek, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, and Wiley McCall, president of Environmental Turf Inc.

Cheek said the grasses are considered environmentally friendly because they require less water for irrigation than many of the warm-season grasses currently available for lawns, golf courses and sports fields. Some of the grasses also require less fertilizer and less frequent mowing, Cheek said.

Environmental Turf’s McCall said his company supports the University of Florida by funding research efforts in the school’s turfgrass program. Environmental Turf is the research, development and marketing company that licenses sod producers in warm-season climates to grow the new grasses. Environmental Turf markets these four new grasses worldwide.

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