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Turf adaptations and tolerances—somewhat adapted to summer heat

Turf species somewhat adapted to summer heat
Turf species Tolerance Temperature adaptation Planting method
Cold Drought Shade Salinity Wear/Traffic
Dichondra Low Low Moderate Low Low Warm-season Seed, plugs
Turf species well adapted to summer heat
Turf species Tolerance Temperature adaptation Planting method
Cold Drought Shade Salinity Wear/Traffic
Bermudagrass Low High Low High High Warm-season Seed, sod, stolons, sprigs, plugs
Buffalograss Moderate High Low Low Low Warm-season Seed, sod, plugs
Kikuyugrass Low High Moderate Moderate High Warm-season Sod, stolons
Seashore paspalum Low Moderate Moderate High Moderate Warm-season Sod, stolons
St. Augustinegrass Low Moderate High High Moderate Warm-season Sod, stolons
Tall fescue* Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate-high Cool-season Seed, sod
Zoysiagrass Low - moderate High Moderate-high Moderate High Warm-season Sprigs, sod
*Tall fescue has moderate to high tolerance for heat.

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