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Posted on 06/07/2021 in Business

Botany Info: Why Seashore Paspalum is a Salt-Loving Grass

Botany Info: Why Seashore Paspalum is a Salt-Loving Grass

Seashore paspalum is a popular grass for golf courses, sports fields, and other high-trafficked areas. This type of grass features a beautiful, rich green color and a fine texture that is extremely forgiving and tolerant. It fights off pests and disease well and doesn’t require the excessive care and maintenance that you will notice with other grasses. 


This Paspalum grass grows well in coastal areas because it is a salt-loving grass. It can still thrive in soil with excessive amounts of salt and is one of the most salt-tolerant grasses available. Here is more information about this salt-loving grass and some Seashore paspalum grass maintenance tips you should be aware of. 


Seashore Paspalum’s Needs


This type of grass can grow tall but if mowed and cared for properly, it can form a thick, carpet-like covering. Its dense nature helps it withstand excessive foot traffic, making it an attractive choice for both golf courses, sports fields, and other high-trafficked areas. 


Seashore paspalum does best in warm, sunny areas. It also requires moist soil, but should not be sitting in standing water for excessive periods of time. If you are considering planting this type of grass, the pH level of the soil is essential. Soil pH levels range from 0 to 14. A seven is neutral and anything above boasts high alkaline levels. Seashore paspalum does best with pH levels of six or higher


Seashore Paspalum Grass Maintenance


As mentioned previously, this type of grass loves wet areas. If your grass is already established, you will want to provide deep watering every few days to ensure it receives the proper moisture that it needs. 


This type of grass is thick and coarse, making it difficult to mow. This means you will want to mow it frequently to keep it low and from growing out of control. Ideally, if you want to keep the grass extremely low, such as for putting greens and golf courses, you may need to mow at least five times a week. For sports fields and other high-trafficked areas, one to two times a week may be sufficient. 


Additionally, to help this grass do well in high-salt conditions, a manganese and zinc application may need to be applied to the plant to ensure the high salt levels do not hurt it. Calcium may also need to be applied several times as well to keep it healthy. 


If you are considering planting Seashore paspalum or have questions about its care and maintenance, talk to the experts at a local seeding company. They can help you determine if this is the right type of grass for your soil and conditions. They can also provide the right care and guidance to ensure this plant thrives and provides the beauty you desire.

Posted by Stover Seed Company
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