Best Turf Varieties:
Varieties Recommendations for Bluegrass, Tall Fescue, Fine Fescue, Ryegrass and Buffalograss

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Recommendations for Kentucky Bluegrasses


America
Arcadia
Avalanche
Award
Awesome
Bedazzled
Bewitched
Bordeaux
Brilliant
Cheetah
Diva
Everest

Full Moon
Julius
Kingfisher
Langara
Limousine
Marquis
Midnight
Midnight Star
Moonbeam
Moonlight
Moon Shadow
NuDestiny

NuGlade
Odyssey
Orfeo
P-105
Prosperity
Quantum Leap
Rampart
Rugby II
SR2284
Touchdown
Ulysses


Cultivar names in BOLD have exhibited better traffic tolerance

Recommendations for Turf-Type Tall Fescues

3rd millennium SRP
AST 7002
AST9001
AST9002
AST9003
Biltmore
Bullseye
Cezanne
Compete
Darlington
Einstein
Escalade
Faith

Firecracker LS
Firenza
Gazelle II
Hudson
Hunter
Justice
Lindbergh
Magellan
Monet
Mustang 4
Padre
Raptor II
Rembrandt

Renovate
Reunion
Rhambler SRP
Skyline
Speedway
Spyder LS
SR 8650
Talladega
Tulsa Time
Turbo
Van Gogh
Wolfpack II



Recommendations for Fine Fescues

Chewing

Creeping

Hard

Sheep’s

Ambassador
Compass
Intrigue 2
J-5 (Jamestown 5)
LaCrosse
Longfellow II
SR 5130
Treasure II
Zodiac

Aberdeen
Audubon
Cardinal
Class One
Epic
Fortitude (TL 53)
Garnet
Pathfinder
Shoreline
Wendy Jean

Berkshire
Firefly
Gotham
Oxford
Predator
Reliant IV
Scaldis
Spartan II
SR 3000

Quatro



Recommendations for Perennial Ryegrasses

1G squared
Accent II
Allstar 3
Amazing GS
Apple GL
ASP 6004
Attribute
Baccarat
Barlennium
Brea
Brightstar SLT
Buena Vista
Cabo II
Caddieshack II
Calypso 3
Cutter II
Dart
Dasher 3
Defender
Derby Xtreme
Edge II
Exacta II Glsr
Fiesta 4
Fiji
Firebolt

Forever
Fusion
Galatti
Grand slam 2
Gray star
Harrier
Hawkeye 2
Homerun
Inspire
Keystone 2
Kokomo II
La Quinta
Line drive GLS
LS 2300
Mach I
Majesty II
Monterey 3
Nexus XR
Overdrive
Palace
Palmer IV
Palmer V
Panther GLS
Paragon GLR
Pentium

Phenom
Pizzazz
Plateau
Pleasure Supreme
Premier II
Primary
Prototype
Quick Silver
Regal 5
Repell GLS Revenge GLX
Ringer II
Secretatiat II GLSR
Silver Dollar
Soprano
SR 4600
Stellar GL
Sunshine 2
Top Gun II
Transformer
Uno
Wayfarer
Wind dance 2
Zoom



Recommendations for Buffalograss

Seeded Varieties (will be a mixture of male and female plants)

  • Bison
  • Bowie
  • Cody
  • Plains
  • Topgun

The varieties Texoka and Sharp's Improved will produce a lesser quality lawn. Certain varieties of buffalograss are only available in vegetative form (sod or plugs).

Vegetative Varieties female only; planted as sod or plugs)

  • Prairie (likely to winterkill in northern CO)
  • 609 (may suffer winter injury/winterkill in northern CO)
  • Legacy
  • Prestige
  • Turffalo

These varieties will form the best quality buffalograss lawn, but are more expensive than using the seeded cultivars.


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Author: Tony Koski, PhD, Extension Turf Specialist, Department of Horticulture & LA, Colorado State University.

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Revised December 2010

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