February 20, 2018
  With the Maryland SoccerPlex 
A weekly newsletter to keep you informed about EVERYTHING Turf at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
This week we see what it means for grass to be cool-season or warm-season
What is your favorite season?!
Just like humans have their favorite type of weather, so does grass. Some people love colder weather, and some people love warm weather. Turfgrass is the same! There are different zones throughout the United States that are classified as a cool-season zone, a warm-season zone, and a transition zone. You can see this diagram to the left.
Cool-season turfgrasses, found in the cool-season zone, are grasses that thrive in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees. Different types of cool-season turfgrasses are bentgrass, fine and tall fescus, Kentucky bluegrass, annual ryegrass and perennial ryegrass. At the SoccerPlex our cool season grasses are Kentucky Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. SoccerPlex fields that are Kentucky Bluegrass and perennial ryegrass are 1-8, 10, 11, 21, 22.

In the warm-season zone, the warm-season grasses thrive in temperatures between 80 and 95 degrees. The warm-season grass at the SoccerPlex is Bermudagrass. Fields 9, and 12-17 are all Bermudagrass fields. Other types of warm-season grasses are bahiagrass, carpetgrass, St. Augustine, and zoysiagrass.
What happens in the Mid-Atlantic?!
As we know, here at the SoccerPlex we are directly in the center of the transition zone area. Meaning there is no clear-cut warm or cool season solution for a transition area. We have different weather patterns almost daily! Part of the way we solve this is issue is by having both warm and cool season turfgrasses available to play on. Another way is by overseeding and keeping as much growth throughout each grass-type's preferred weather. It's all about how the turfgrasses are treated throughout the outdoor season.
Next Week
Next week we will look into the many equipment updates our grounds crew has recently received!
Ask Us Your Questions
Do you have a burning turfgrass related question? Ask us! We will be happy to answer it in future iterations of Turf Talk - just email us at info@mdsoccerplex.org, subject line Turf Talk Question.
 
Many Thanks to Fine Earth Landscape, Inc. for 
Their Continued Support of the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Learn more about Fine Earth here.