Seashore Paspalum

Common Name: Seashore paspalum
Latin Name: Paspalum vaginatum Sw.
Strengths: Salt tolerance, shade tolerance, traffic tolerance, low mowing heights, fine leaf texture
Weaknesses: Cold tolerance
Growth Habit: Tillers, rhizomes, and stolons

Management Tips
Planting Method: 1.5 to 3 lbs of seed per 1,000 sq ft; Can also be planted as sod
Mowing Height: 1 to 2 inches with a rotary mower; 3/4 to 1 inch with a reel mower
Mowing Frequency: Weekly during the growing season
Fertilization Requirement: Single application rates; 0.5 to 1 lb of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq feet during the growing season months. Annual application rates; 2 to 4 lbs of Nitrogen per 1,000 sq feet per year. Application of other nutrients including Phosphorous, Potassium, and others should be based on soil test results.

Description: Seashore paspalum is a warm-season grass species that spreads laterally by rhizomes and stolons. It has fine leaf texture, can tolerate lowing mowing heights, and is very similar to bermudagrass in its appearance. The primary strengths of seashore paspalum are salt tolerance and shade tolerance which leads to its use in southern coastal regions. It does not have good cold tolerance which limits its use farther north.

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