Seed Establishment Systems Category Winner
Sea Spray, Turf Seed, Inc., Hubbard, Ore.
Sea Spray is the industry’s first commercially available variety of seeded Seashore Paspalum. Turf-Seed, Inc. spent years developing a viable seed-yielding cultivar in volumes sufficient for commercial use, resulting in a variety that grows into a dark-green, low-mowing, salt-tolerant turf. It can be irrigated with effluent water, is ideal for temperate-to-hot and humid coastal climates, and provides excellent drought tolerance and good shade tolerance. It also can be used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils, and to transition into wetland sites or other environmentally sensitive areas, minimizing the potential for point and non-point source pollution or contamination.
Prior to Sea Spray, the variety was only available as sod, sprigs, stolons or plugs making it expensive to establish. With the introduction of Sea Spray, turf managers now have a more economical solution to establishing seashore paspalum. Seed also enables overseeding to be successful and makes established paspalum easy to repair.
The variety has extreme salt tolerance and the ability to thrive in temperate to hot, humid coastal climates. Sea Spray prefers soil with moderate to high salinity with a pH range of 4.5 to 9.0. It is designed for use on turfgrass areas irrigated with effluent water or those that are subject to naturally high saline conditions.
In addition to excellent tolerance to saline or recycled water, Sea Spray also affords excellent drought tolerance and should be watered only on an as-needed basis after establishment.
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