Establishment time: zoysia grow-in from stolons
On April 22 I planted some ‘Sena’ manilagrass with the help of staff from the GolfEast company. We were careful to plant at an exact rate, and we documented the grow-in through digital image analysis. The objective of this project was to measure the grow-in time—that is, how many days would it take after planting at this rate to get full grass coverage.
I made this video to show the results.
I expect four things will influence the establishment time for manilagrass, assuming it is planted in full sun.
the grass variety
the planting rate
how the grass is managed after planting (topdressing, irrigation, fertilizer, etc.)
For more about this topic, you can see:
- My blog post describing the start of this experiment
- Commercial sod production in Thailand (video), 1 month from planting to harvest
- Another video of zoysia sod production in Thailand
- The surprisingly confusing topic of bushels of sprigs or stolons per area—warm-season grass planting rates
- Turfgrass establishment: sprigging and stolonizing by Tom Samples and John Sorochan at the University of Tennessee