Traffic Tolerance of Warm-Season Turfgrass TRIAL COMPLETE September 2012
Just landed on my desk (the email way) is notice of a HAL funded study that has been on going for the past 4 years from the author Matt Roche from DEEDI in QLD on assessing wear of various turf species on community sportsfields.
Some of you may know Matt from various turf seminars around the country. He has been working tirelessly on this project a summary is below with a link to the study.
The four-year Horticulture Australia (HAL) funded study ‘Traffic Tolerance of Warm-Season Turfgrass under Community Sportsfield Conditions’ (TU08018) lead by Matt Roche, Research Scientist and Jon Penberthy, Turf Technician, of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) Turf Research Team concluded in May 2012. The final report was approved by HAL this week for dissemination which can now be downloaded from the AGCSA, STA QLD, STA NSW and STA VIC web sites by its members. Alternatively, you can purchase a copy from HAL.
The DAFF Turf Research Team based at Redlands Research Station in Queensland has also uploaded new comparable turfgrass wear and recovery photos containing 5 green couch (Conquest, Grand Prix, Legend, OZ TUFF, TifSport), 2 blue couch (Aussiblue, Tropika) and a kikuyu (Whittet) variety. The 25 figures show the latter varieties together across 25 testing dates between 2009 and 2011. They can be seen at the groups Flickr site www.flickr.com/photos/redlandsturfresearch/sets – Redlands Research Station Wear Trial.
His study can be downloaded using this link to the Turf Australia website. Just scroll down to TU08018