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Turf and saltiness


Question: Turf


I live near the sea at 50 mt. from the shoreline, I have been fighting for years to get a decent grassy lawn that is resistant to salty winds and saltiness. I tried everything, but after a couple of months the lawn regresses, turns yellow, thins out and fills with moss. I forgot the most important thing, the house is in Calabria and precisely at the Tonnara di palmi (RC). In a magazine I read that in the US before and in Italy then the domesticated wild grass (cynodon dactylon) was used with its ornamental varieties, such as Bayshore, Evergglades, ormond, Sunturf and Floraturf. No one can give me more detailed information and where I could find these seeds. Someone also spoke to me about the Spanish gramignone. Could you help me? I thank you and send you my best regards.
Wanda Musolino

Turf and saltiness: Answer: Turf


Egr. Mrs. Wanda,
Thank you for contacting us about your turf questions via the address book.
The wild domesticated Cynodon dactylon is native to warm-humid and semi-arid areas. Propagation generally occurs by vegetative means and currently only some varieties are propagated by seed. It has poor tolerance to low temperatures, little adaptation to shady areas, but it is very resistant to high temperatures, wear and drought. It can adapt to growing on any type of soil, while preferring fertile, well-drained and fine-weaving soils to provide a high quality turf. The optimal pH of development is between 5.5 and 7.5, although it is able to survive in conditions of high salinity. For use on ornamental lawns, it is necessary to consider the winter bleaching of the species, which forces it to intervene with seedlings in autumn. It supports cutting heights around 5mm, but in general the heights are between 12 and 25mm. Among the seed cultivars we remember COMMON which is one of the first selections used for lawns. The settlement is relatively fast, the texture is coarse and the green color intermediate. It has poor adaptation to shaded areas and medium resistance to wear. Regarding the availability of seeds, contact a nurseryman in your area or at the experimental nurseries of the Italian Golf Federation, as some cultivars of Cynodon spp. they are used for the turf of this sport.