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Turfgrass In Oklahoma

 

Benefits of Lawns

 

A well tended lawn has more value than esthetics. It may add up to 15% of value to the home, in addition to its other benefits. Turfgrass is also an environmental plus by absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen. Enough oxygen is released by a 2500 sq. ft. lawn to supply a family of four. Turfgrass helps conserve water in the soil; it has a remarkable cooling effect on the ground and surrounding structures. Houses have been shown to need less AC when a healthy lawn is present.  

 

Types and Characteristics of Turfgrass in our area

 

Lawns in the Tulsa area usually consist of a combinations of warm season and cool season grasses. We are in the transition zone between each grasses' ideal growing regions. The warm season grasses may have problems with the cold winters, while the cool season ones struggle to survive our summers.

 

Some Characteristics of Turfgrasses Grown in Our Area

 

Species of grass

Type of grass

Period of growth

Dormancy

Shade tolerance

Heat tolerance

Bermuda

Warm season

Summer-late April to early September

Winter, Turns brown

Needs full sun

Excellent

Zoysia

Warm season

Same

Same

Tolerates light shade

Excellent

Buffalograss

Warm season

Same

Same

Full sun

Excellent heat and drought tolerance

Tall Fescue

Cool season

Fall and Spring

Stays green but goes dormant in winter, semi -dormant in summer

Tolerates moderate shade, but needs some sun

Poor

Kentucky Bluegrass

Cool season

Same

Same

Same

Very poor

 

 

Each grass type has its own requirements for maintenance—mowing, fertilizing, irrigation and establishment. OSU has two excellent summaries of the how's and when's of lawn care. Viewing the top two documents referenced below will give homeowners most all the basic information needed for lawn care.

 

Bermuda Maintenance Schedule   

 

Fescue Maintenance Schedule  

 

HLA-6408: Landscape Maintenance Schedule
                                   
HLA-6420: Lawn Management in Oklahoma

 

HLA-6419: Establishing a Lawn in Oklahoma


HLA-6608: Managing Turfgrass in the Shade in Oklahoma

CR-6602: Performance of Tall Fescue Turfgrasses in Stillwater, Oklahoma