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Recommended Grass Cultivars

University of Illinois Turfgrass Cultivar Performance
Tom Voigt (2/2012)

Most of the turfgrass cultivars listed below have performed acceptably in trials in Urbana over the past ten years. The Kentucky bluegrasses and perennial ryegrasses were irrigated to prevent stress, were mowed at 0.75 to 2.5 inches, and received 2-to-4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. The tall fescues and fine fescues have not been irrigated, have been maintained at 1.75-to-3.0 inches, and have received 1-to-2 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. The creeping bentgrasses were irrigated to prevent stress, were mowed at 0.5 inch (fairway) and 0.125-to-0.1875 inch (putting green), and received 3-to-4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per year. The putting green study occurred on native soil. Also, included are creeping bentgrasses that performed well on a USGA sand-based green in our On-Site Putting Green Trial at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL.

These lists should be used to guide turfgrass cultivar purchases and should not be considered all-inclusive; cultivars not listed may not have been tested in our trials or may perform well when grown under different management and/or environmental conditions. Seed of some cultivars may no longer be available nor be available in all areas. For additional information, see the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program web site (www.ntep.org).

Improved Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars

4-Season

Blue Note

Hampton

Rhapsody

Alexa II

Bluestone

Impact

Shiraz

Arrowhead

Diva

Midnight Solar Eclipse

Avid

Everglade NuDestiny

Sudden Impact

Award Excursion

NuChicago

Washington

Bewitched

Ginney II

NuGlade

Zinfandel

Beyond

Granite

Rhythm

 


Perennial Ryegrass Cultivars

1G Squared

Derby Xtreme

Notable

Regal 5

Allstar 3

Edge II

Overdrive

Revenge GLX

Amazing GS

Exacta II

Palace

Secretariat II GLSR

Apple GL

Fiesta 4

Palmer GLS

Silver Dollar

ASP 6002

Fiji

Palmer IV

SR 4600

ASP 6003

Fusion

Palmer V

Soprano

ASP 6004

Grand Slam 2

Panther GLS

Stellar GL

ASP 6006

Harrier

Paragon GLR

Top Gun II

Attribute

Homerun

Pinnacle II

TR 47

Buena Vista

Keystone 2

Pizzazz

Transformer

Calypso 3

Kokomo II

Pleasure Supreme

Uno

Charismatic II GLSR

Line Drive GLS

Presidio

Wind Dance

Chivalry

Mach I

Primary

Zoom

Cutter II

Majesty II

Protégé GLR

 

Dasher 3

MMW

Prototype

 


Tall Fescue Cultivars

06-Dust

Fat Cat

Justice

Stetson II

Bullseye

Firecracker LS

Magellan

Talledega

Catalyst

Firenza

Ninja 3

Terrier

Corona

Gazelle II

Rembrandt

TulsaTime

Crossfire 3

Greenbrooks

Renovate

Turbo

Darlington

Hemi

Reunion

Van Gogh

Falcon IV

Honky Tonk

Rhambler SRP

Wolfpack II 

Falcon NG

Hudson

Shenandoah III

 

Falcon V

Hunter

Skyline

 


Fine-leaf Fescue Cultivars (type)

C = Chewings, H = hard, SC = strong creeper

Aberdeen (SC)

Epic (SC)

Nordic (H)

Silhouette (C)

Ambassador (C)

Eureka II (H)

Osprey (H)

SR 5210 (SC)

Ambrose (C)

Fairmont (C)

Oxford (H)

Stonehenge (H)

Berkshire (H)

Hardtop (H)

Radar (C)

Tiffany (C)

Bighorn (H)

Intrigue (C)

Reliant II (H)

Treazure (C)

Bridgeport (C

Intrigue 2 (C)

Salsa (SC)

Viking (H)

Cascade (C)

Jasper II (SC)

Sandpiper (C)

Wrigley (C)

Chariot (H)

Longfellow II (SC)

Scaldis II (H)

Zodiac (C)

Cindy Lou (SC)

Musica (SC)

7 Seas (C)

 

Culombra (C)

Navigator (SC)

Shademaster III (SC)

 


Creeping Bentgrass Cultivars

PGU = putting green on USGA sand rootzone, PGNS = putting green on native soil rootzone F = fairway

007 (PGNS)

Imperial (PGNS)

Penn A-4 (PGU)

SR 1119 (F)

13-M (F)

Kingpin (F)

Penn G-1 (PGU, F)

SR 1150 (F)

Alpha (F)

L-93 (PGU, F)

Penn G-6 (PGU, F)

T-1 (F)

Authority (F)

LS-44 (F)

Penneagle II (F)

Trueline (F)

Bengal (F)

MacKenzie (PGNS)

Shark (PGNS, F)

Tyee (PGNS)

Declaration (PGNS, F)

Penn A-1 (PGU)

SR 1020 (PG)