Turfgrasses Can Survive Drought, Water Limitations

5/28/2014

Many areas of Texas are having water shortages in the continuing drought, and a big concern is the inability to irrigate turfgrass, whether that is due to lack of water or municipality restrictions.

Homeowners are asking: What is my turf going to look like; will it come back?

Dr. Richard White, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station, said the answer is "yes," with patience and a little water to keep growing points alive.

The bottom line is time, White said. That will tell the degree of damage that occurred.
Turf grasses and other perennial grasses have the potential to recover as long as those growing points are kept alive, he said.

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