Zoysia, water use, and fact checking

I saw an article in the Global Golf Post that states zoysiagrass “requires … less water .. than bermuda[grass].” I guess there’s not much fact-checking in golf industry magazines, but that egregious error would have been corrected had the article been fact-checked.

For example, have a look at bermudagrass and zoysiagrass supplied with the same amount of irrigation.1

That’s after only 45 days with the restricted irrigation treatment, and it’s obvious that bermudagrass is requiring less water than zoysia.

And then a month later,2 bermudagrass is still green with limited irrigation, and at this point zoysia has “left the competition.”

These grass performed the same with limited irrigation in Florida too.3

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