Turfgrass Rundown – When Bermudagrass Cultivars and Athletic Field Traffic Collide

New bermudagrasses are being introduced into the turfgrass market, intended for use in athletic fields, home lawns, golf course fairways, and commercial landscaping. The grasses vary in their shade tolerance, resistance to various diseases, color, texture, and ability to tolerate traffic. For bermudgrasses used on athletic fields, traffic tolerance is one of the most important traits. Click here to learn more about a study looking at long-term traffic tolerance that evaluated six bermudagrass cultivars available commercially at the time under three levels of artificial traffic. This study evaluated the cultivars’ traffic tolerance when used as a typical high school athletic field.