Not all Georgia agricultural products cover your table. Some cover the playing fields and golf courses of the world. In 2009, almost 34 thousand acres of turfgrass were harvested in Georgia.
Cool- & Warm-Season Varieties
There are two main types of grasses used for turfgrass: cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses. Popular cool-season grasses include bentgrass, Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue, which are both prominently grown in the north. In the south however, warm-season grasses such as bermudagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustinegrass are more popular and will thrive better in a hot and humid climate.
Most turfgrass is available through seeds, plugs, and sods. However, only grasses with rhizomes and or stolons will spread out, making your lawn thicker over time. For example, bermudagrass is a spreading grass but fescue is not.
Choosing the right type of grass is critical to a successful lawn or playing field. Factors such as sunlight and soil type are important to consider in order to keep you from stressing over your grass in the long run. Some grass types also require more care than others and may need to be fertilized or mown more often.
University of Georgia Experiment Station researchers pioneered the worldwide success of turfgrasses starting in the 1950s. Tifway and Tifgreen, two bermudagrass hybrids developed by researchers at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, cover more golf courses, athletic fields and lawns than any other turf varieties in the world.
Today, a multidisciplinary team of experiment station scientists and Extension service specialists support this burgeoning agricultural industry, which already has more than a $1 billion impact on Georgia's economy annually.
Most turfgrass is grown in central Georgia on sod farms. In 2009, Macon and Cook counties led in the production of turfgrass products. Turfgrass sod is harvested when the sod has developed enough strength to remain intact with minimum soil removal when cut. Mechanical sod cutters harvest strips 16 to 24 inches wide and 2 to 8 feet long. Sod is then stacked on wooden pallets either in small rolls or as flat slabs.
Growers may harvest up to 4,444 square yards per acre per cutting; however, normal yields are generally between 3,800 and 4,200 square yards per acre.
Commercial and Professional Publications
- Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations for Professionals
- The Management and Use of Bahiagrass
- Bermudagrass in Georgia
- Georgia Green*A*Syst: Environmental Checklist for Nurseries, Greenhouses and Turfgrass Producers
- Controlling Moss and Algae in Turf
- Turfgrass Diseases in Georgia: Identification and Control
- Spanish Series: Enfermedades de los Céspedes en Georgia: Identificación y Control
- Controlling Crabgrass and Goosegrass with Resistance to Sethoxydim and other ACCase-Inhibitors in Georgia Turf
- Foxtail Identification and Control in Georgia Pastures and Hayfields
- Turfgrass Field Day Series: 2016 Turfgrass Research Field Day Guide
- Virginia Buttonweed Identification and Control in Turfgrass
- Dollar Spot of Turfgrasses in Georgia: Identification and Control
- Identification and Control of Rhizoctonia Large Patch in Georgia
- Grasscycling: Let the Clippings Fall Where They May
- Novel Endophyte-Infected Tall Fescue
- Abiotic Injuries and Disorders of Turfgrasses in Georgia
- Spanish Series: Daños Abioticos y Anomalias de Céspedes en Georgia
- Annual Bluegrass Control Programs for Georgia Lawns
- Take-All Root Rot of Warm-Season Grasses
- Crabgrass Control in Georgia Hayfields
- Turfgrass Diseases: Quick Reference Guide
- Lespedeza Identification and Control in Turfgrass
- Identification and Control of Spring Dead Spot in Georgia
- Turfgrass Fertility Series: Turfgrass Fertility: Soil Texture, Organic Matter, Aeration, and pH
- Centipedegrass Decline
- Mole Crickets in Turf
To see a full list of publications, visit the Extension Publications site.
For the latest news about Extension, visit Georgia FACES. News you can use about Georgia family, agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences.
- UGA-Tifton set to host annual turf conference
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- New landscape plants can be installed under water restrictions
- New UGA scientist searches for grasses that can survive drought, heat and other environmental stressors
- Large population of fall armyworms hits Georgia hay fields
- Georgia Ag Commissioner leads UGA President, Ag Dean on fourth annual ag tour
- UGA plant breeder takes the mystery out of GMO crops
- TifTuf Bermuda grass ideal for home lawns
- Annual Turfgrass Conference to be held in Tifton
- Super Bowl 50 to be played on UGA Tifton turfgrass
- Georgia Turf
Gives detailed identification and growing recommendations for the species. Links to relevant publications from Extension and researchers, turfgrass management courses and other websites.
- Impact Statements: Turfgrass
Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge & practices related to turfgrass.
Briefly summarizes turfgrass varieties and Georgia's turfgrass production.
- Warm-Season Grass Breeding: Turf
Provides information about various turfgrass cultivars.
- Georgia Turfgrass Association
Offers newsletters, pest management guides and legislative reports. Includes extensive list of businesses and other association members.