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Coke - it's a grass thing

Atlanta Georgia LawnOn a recent trip to the USA travelling to Atlanta, Georgia to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends, there were lots of opportunities to take a good look around at the landscapes and inparticular the lawns and grass. 

The USA turf grasses are just so different to ours in the UK mainly because of the environment they have to grow in and many of the turf grass species naturally turn brown in the autumn and winter when the temperature drops.

Most Americans will be familiar with the names of Bermuda Grass, Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, Fescue, Italian Ryegrass, Bentgrass and Perennial Ryegrass to name a few. 

Because America is a very large country, turf grasses grow better in some climates than others across the many states.

Bermudagrass is widely used for all kinds of turf in warm humid and warm semi-arid regions. It thrives best where the average daily temperature is above 25 degrees Celsius and stops growing under 16 degrees, turning brown at temperatures below 10 degrees.  Bermudagrass does not tolerate shade, poor drainage, or high soil acidity. It is a very drought resistant grass but for normal growth it needs water and can't be grown in arid regions without irrigation. 

Tall Fescues are a species for warmer and drier climates. This species has very good heat tolerance and requires less nitrogen and irrigation than perennial ryegrass, but is slower to establish.  The variety's broad leaves keep a green color very well under dry conditions

Find out more about The World of Coca Cola which is based in Atlanta.  It is really worth a visit but sadly, the Polar Bear was on lunch when we sought a photo opportunity so we took one of the lawns instead!

Learn more about American Turf Grasses


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