Growth Habit: Rhizomatous and Stoloniferous
Leaf: Scattered hairs may be present on upper and lower surface
Ligule: Short, membranous
Inflorescence: Panicle with 1 to many spike-like terminal, paired branches. Occasionally a third spike-like branch sometimes below the paired branches.
Description: Seashore paspalum is a warm-season turfgrass that spreads laterally by rhizomes and stolons and is very similar to bermudagrass in its appearance and performance. It is most commonly used in areas where salinity is a concern due to proximity to the coast or poor-quality ground water. Relative to bermudagrass, it has higher shade tolerance and less cold tolerance. As a result of its lack of cold tolerance, its use is typically confined to the southern most parts of the country, including south Texas.
Strengths: Salinity tolerance, shade tolerance, and traffic tolerance.
Weaknesses: Cold tolerance and high disease potential
Recommended Mowing Height: Home Lawns: 1-2 inches (Rotary mower); Golf and Athletic Turf: 0.75 to 1 inch (Reel mower); Putting Greens: ≤ 0.150 inches (Reel mower).
Recommended Mowing Frequency: Home Lawns: Weekly using a rotary mower; Golf and Athletic Turf: Daily to weekly using a rotary or reel mower; Putting Greens: Daily using a reel mower.
Fertilization Requirements: 2 to 4 lbs N per 1,000 ft2 per year. Single application rates should range from 0.5 to 1 lb of N per 1,000 ft2 applied during the summer growing season.
|Table 4. Available Seashore paspalum Varieties in Texas|
|Aloha||Paspalum vaginatum Sw.||Sod|
|Platinum TE||Paspalum vaginatum Sw.||Sod|
|SeaDwarf||Paspalum vaginatum Sw.||Sod|
|SeaIsle||Paspalum vaginatum Sw.||Sod|
|Seaspray||Paspalum vaginatum Sw.||Seed|