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Rescape® Seashore Paspalum
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Rescape® Seashore Paspalum

Seashore paspalum is a warm-season, salt-loving grass that thrives in coastal climates but is also suited for inland and desert climates. It has a fine texture similar in appearance to bermudagrass and grows by stolons and rhizomes making it an excellent choice for sportsfields and golf courses. Seashore paspalum has tremendous salt tolerance and adaptability making it one of the few grasses that can successfully be grown along the beach. Being a warm-season grass it has very good heat and drought tolerance due to its deep root system. Rescape® is a blend of improved, seeded cultivars of Seashore paspalum.

Characteristics

Features
Very high salt tolerance
Excellent heat and drought tolerance
Rhizomatous and Stoloniferous growth habit
Medium–fine texture
Moderate shade tolerance
Grows in wide range of soil conditions

Benefits
Can grow at the beach and takes effluent water
Meets water conservation goals
Outstanding wear tolerance and recovery
Uniform growth habit
Only one grass needed for sun and shade
Improved adaptability

Uses

Seashore paspalum can be grown successfully as turf on:
• Golf Courses  • Parks  • Sportsfields  • Playgrounds  • Lawns  • Commercial Developments

Seeding Rates
New turf: 2 to 3 pounds of coated seed per 1,000 square feet or 65 to 130 pounds per acre.

Overseeding existing turf: 1/2 to 1 pound of coated seed per 1,000 square feet or 22 to 43 pounds per acre.

Establishment
Warm-season grasses such as Seashore paspalum should be seeded when nighttime air temperatures are consistently 77 °F or greater (generally between the months of April and October). Germination is delayed if soil temperatures are below 65 °F. Emergence can be anywhere between 14 and 21 days. The higher the soil temperature, the quicker the germination as long as there is adequate moisture (irrigation). Establishment in 8 to 10 weeks depending on date of planting.

Establishment and Care of Turfgrasses Information Sheet

Specifications: RESCAPE® Seashore paspalum blend

45% Pure Seed
52% Pure Coat™ Seed Coating
60% Minimum germination
415,000 seeds per pound, coated seed

Rescape is coated for increased performance.  Protecting the seed during establishment, Rescape's coating promotes water absorption and survivability.


Rescape® is a registered trademark of Pure-Seed Testing, Inc.

 

CULTURAL INFORMATION


Water Requirements 
Frequent, light watering is necessary for seed to germinate and become established. Seashore paspalum is a warm-season grass. Once the grass becomes established it has the ability to withstand summer drought conditions under reduced irrigation schedules. For turf managers that use irrigation systems and calculations, Seashore paspalum can be irrigated at 60% of average ET0 (Reference Evapotranspiration) rates to achieve optimum turf quality. Because of the ability of warm-season grasses to establish roots at a depth of 3 feet or more it is able to draw water from a larger soil profile which enhances its drought tolerance. As a result,once Seashore paspalum becomes established (2-3 months in warm weather) it can withstand irrigation schedules at 40% of ET0 (a reduction of 25%) and still produce acceptable turf. Specific information on turfgrass irrigation schedules and ET rates can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/UrbanHort/ and at http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/water/az1195.pdf and   http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8395.pdf
General irrigation guidelines dictate that turf should be watered in early morning hours and that about 3/4 of an inch of water should be applied but not to the point of runoff.

Climate Conditions
Seashore paspalum is classified as a warm-season grass best suited to southern climates. Growth is greatest during warm months with some dormancy in winter months.

Soil Conditions
Seashore paspalum will tolerate a wide range of soils from heavy clay to sandy loam. It will grow in a wide range of pH from 4.5 to 9.0. Good drainage is important for root development.

Fertilization
Use of a starter fertilizer when seeding is highly recommended. After establishment fertilize during periods of active growth in warm months with a balanced fertilizer. Avoid using products with a high nitrogen (N) content as such use increases water usage. Application rates should be between 2 and 3 pounds of nitrogen (N) per 1,000 square feet per year during the growing season. Slow release fertilizers are best.

Mowing 
No special mower is needed. Results are best when blades are kept sharp. Recommended mowing height is from 1/8 to 2 inches. Do not mow more than 1/3 of the leaf blade whenever mowing turf.

 

Drought Tolerance Comparisons of Commonly Grown Grasses in California
Source: University of California, ANR Publication 8395

Relative Ranking

Cool-season turfgrasses

Warm-season turfgrasses

Superior

 

Bermudagrass

Buffalograss

Excellent

 

Seashore paspalum

Zoysiagrass

Good

 

St. Augustinegrass

Kikuyugrass

Medium

Tall Fescue

 

Fair

Perennial Ryegrass

Kentucky Bluegrass

Creeping Bentgrass

Hard Fescue Chewings

Fescue

Red Fescue

 


 

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