Quickstand is a selection of common bermuda. It was released in 1993 by the USDA and University of Kentucky. It is gaining widespread acceptance in the turf industry because of its density, rapid growth and cold hardiness. Easton Sod Farms offers Quickstand as a Certified variety. It is recommended for lawns, commercial sites, roadsides, golf courses, athletic fields and provides excellent erosion control in problem areas.
Has high light requirement – requires full sunlight most of day. Should not be used in shady areas.
Has excellent heat tolerance -easily tolerates summers in the Southwest. Sustains temperatures up to 110°F. More cold tolerant than most turf-type bermudas. Quickstand has been shown to withstand temperatures up to – 22°F with snow cover. Tolerates weather conditions in all growing zones serviced by Easton Sod Farms.
Enters dormant stage in winter months. Stops growing when temperatures drop below 50°F for sustained period, turns tan winter color. Requires 65°F ground temperature for significant growth. Slightly slower green-up in spring than other turf type bermudas,
Will tolerate sustained periods of drought if well established. However, responds well to irrigation during dry conditions if higher quality turfgrass desired. Should be kept moist during sustained periods of extreme cold.
Very good wear resistance and will withstand heavy traffic. Very good injury recovery – spreads rapidly by rhizomes in warm season.
RULES OF THUMB MAINTENANCE:
The amount and frequency of watering, mowing and fertilizing depends upon the desired appearance of your turfgrass. Guidelines for maintenance procedures are offered below as good rules of thumb to follow on an as needed basis in maintaining healthy turfgrass with an attractive appearance.
Apply 16 to 1 inch water in a single application about once per week during hot and dry conditions. To promote a deep, durable root system, deep soaking water applications are preferred over short and frequent shallow watering applications. Caution against dry winter freeze.
For a high quality appearance keep mowed height a to 2 inch. Mow regularly with a reel or rotary mower allowing clippings to remain. Irregular mowing practices may result in high buildups of thatch, which will require verticutting, mulching and or removal. Suggested not removing more than 113 of the leaf growth during a single mowing.
Apply 1/2,to 1 Ibs per 1000 SF of a full analysis fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (such as 1020-10) in early spring and (9-24-24) fall. To maintain a deep green color, nitrogen should be applied monthly at a rate of 1 Ib per 1000 SF May thru August. Suggest obtaining a soil test for specific fertilizer requirements.
Weed growth competes with turfgrass growth. Good maintenance practices help eliminate weed problems. However, it may be necessary even under the best of care, to apply herbicides to maintain weed free turfgrass. Contact your local County Extension agent or herbicide dealer for recommendations for your type turfgrass.