Poa annua: the bane of golf course superintendents almost everywhere. Either you hate the stuff, or you love it. More and more, turf professionals have given up spending thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of labor trying to keep Poa annua out of their turf. They are now finding out, that with proper management, Poa annua makes a very good turf at a reasonable cost.
Look what Poa annua experts say:
“A well maintained Poa green is beautiful and an asset to the golf industry.” Dr. David Huff Pennsylvania State University “Managing Poa annua Greens” Grounds Maintenance, Jan 1, 1999
“…more tillers per inch than other…species…” “…photosynthesis rate that is 40% higher…” “…increased shade tolerance…” “…ability to recover after a major stress event…” “…faster response to fertilizer…” Dr. Joe
Dr. Joe Vargas “The Pros and Cons of Poa annua” posted on internet, Northern California Golf Association
Poa annua is not a grass that is indicative of poor management or small budgets. The 102nd US Open, played in New York at Bethpage, Black Course in June of 2002 is a prime example. Look at what was played on:
Tees perennial ryegrass/Poa annua .300” Fairways perennial ryegrass/Poa annua .325” Greens creeping bentgrass/Poa annua .100” Stimp – 12 Roughs ryegrass/fescue/Poa annua 4”
Many times over the past several years, the US Open has been played on Poa annua greens. The requirements concerning the quality and playability of these courses are demanding, and Poa annua has proven to be a real asset to the over-all management scheme.
League Master® Poa annua is of the highest quality, inexpensive, and readily available. Also available are League Master® Poa annua and perennial ryegrass mixtures.
This mix is offered by Agronto-Tec Seed Company
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