Establishing Hard Fescue from Sod

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  • 1 University of Calif. Cooperative Extension, 1131 Harbor Bay parkway, No. 131, Alameda, CA 94502.
  • | 2 University of Calif. Cooperative Extension, 1131 Harbor Bay parkway, No. 131, Alameda, CA 94502.
  • | 3 University of Calif. Bay Area Research and Extension Center, Santa Clara, CA 95050.
  • | 4 Dept. of Env. Hort.,Univ. of Calif., Davis, CA, 95616.

Stand establishment of direct-seeded hard fescue (Festuca longifolia) is slow. Sodding could speed establishment in landscape plantings. This study looked at the effects of two sod thicknesses and different rates of nitrogen fertilization before and after sodding, on stand establishment and overall turf quality. Evaluations 2, 4 and 8 weeks after sodding assessed rooting and overall turf quality. Thicker sod showed better rooting 4 weeks after planting; after 8 weeks, rooting of both thicknesses was similar. Nitrogen fertilization before or after sodding did not affect rooting. More nitrogen led to better overall turf quality up to 4 weeks after planting; however, this quality difference disappeared 8 weeks after sodding.

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