Top 4 varieties of salt-tolerant turfgrass

Whether yours is a residential or commercial property, it’s an investment you want to keep looking good. When deciding on which variety of grass to use, there are a number of considerations, such as tolerance for drought or shade tolerance. Depending on the soil where you live, salt tolerance can also be a factor in that decision. Let’s look at some of the top varieties of salt-tolerant turfgrass grown by King Ranch Florida Turfgrass.

Potential causes of salt build-up

The causes of salt build-up can be both natural and man-made. The salt spray makes areas near oceans or other salt-water sources prone to salt build-up. Soils that don’t drain well are particularly susceptible to salt damage because they prevent the salts from being flushed through the soil. Too much fertilizer is one of the chief causes of excessive salt build-up. De-icing salt and dog urine are also common causes of the build-up. Special fertilizers and watering can sometimes mitigate these effects, but in other cases, choosing a more salt-tolerant turfgrass may be the way to go.

Celebration Bermuda

Celebration Bermudagrass is a dark blue-green grass with a high tolerance for drought. This variety was originally bred in Australia and is popular for use on sports fields, golf courses and commercial properties, as well as residential applications. This strong and wear-resistant grass requires less mowing than many other Bermuda grasses. Celebration Bermuda scores a 4 out of 5 for salt tolerance.

Latitude 36 Bermuda

The Latitude 36 Bermudagrass grown by King Ranch is known for being extremely tolerant of the cold and of high traffic while remaining soft to the touch. That helps this variety be an industry favorite with sports fields, golf courses and stadiums. It is also popular for residential and commercial applications. Latitude 36 Bermuda is drought tolerant, disease resistant and scores a 4 out of 5 as a salt-tolerant turfgrass.

Tifway 419 Bermuda

The fine-textured Tifway 419 Bermudagrass grown by King Ranch Florida Turfgrass has excellent weed and disease resistance. That makes this a superior choice for fairways, tees, athletic fields and home lawns. It is very tolerant of high traffic and very resistant to weeds. Tifway 419 Bermudagrass has a deep green color and scores a 4 out of 5 for salt tolerance.

Zorro Zoysia

Zorro Zoysia can be found on residential and commercial sites, as well as golf courses. The high traffic tolerance and the rapid recovery ability of this fine-bladed grass have helped it become the #1 ranked zoysia grass in America. King Ranch Turfgrass rates this variety in a number of categories, including shade tolerance, drought tolerance and wear resistance. Zorro Zoysia scores a 5 out of 5 as a salt-tolerant turfgrass.

King Ranch Florida Turfgrass is a full-cycle operation. We not only grow and harvest our different varieties of grass, but we will deliver and install your new grass as well. King Ranch Florida Turfgrass is proud of the environmentally-conscious “best management practices” farming policies it has implemented throughout its Florida operations.  Contact us if you have questions about which variety of turfgrass will meet your needs.