USGA Golf Turf Experts Help U.S. Capitol Lawn Project


The USGA helped re-grass the lawns of Capitol Hill as the fences surrounding the United States Capitol collapsed in June.

WASHINGTON – Lawn experts and agronomists from the United States Golf Association recently helped renovate the grassy lawns around the United States Capitol – and the new type of sod is a derivative of that practiced in the DC.

A Bermuda grass researched and funded by the USGA, Tahoma 31 officials.

Bermuda grass is commonly used on golf courses in the area. And its low maintenance and ability to withstand high temperatures of DC area, make it ideal to use.

“So they (the architect of the Capitol) really needed a grass or herbs that could stand on their own with very little input … very little water, very little nutrients, insecticides , fungicidal fertilizer, so pretty much self-sufficient, once established – doesn’t require a lot of maintenance – self-sufficient and easy to maintain, ”said USGA agronomist Elliott Dowling.

According to Dowling, the vast grassy areas of the National Mall and the United States Capitol in Washington DC, have similarities to golf courses, including irrigation and drainage systems. In addition, the national capital’s golf courses and tourist sites are areas with heavy foot traffic.

The USGA’s decision has been in the works for three years and comes as the lawns around the United States Capitol have become dilapidated due to wear and tear from tourists and concerts held on the lawns.

Dowling added that the lawns of the United States Capitol were a mixture of types of grass that had been thrown away over the decades, which made the aesthetic problems plaguing lawns worse.

“So as we looked at the lawn three years ago, it was sparse and bare and needed a bit of work,” USGA agronomist Elliott Dowling said. “There was a patch of bare land, where there was Bermuda grass that had grown in that area. And it was almost a light bulb moment where I looked at that and said,” Hey, more importantly, the DC golf courses in this area have Bermuda grass on their fairways and tees. It will definitely work here and resist your summer traffic. ‘”

Tahoma 31 Bermuda Weed is tested by the USGA in ongoing studies by the Country’s Golf Association and Oklahoma State University. The USGA’s annual budget set money aside for research and development of more durable types of grass, requiring fewer chemicals and water to maintain, while being able to withstand heavy traffic. intense.

Soon blue grass will be laid on Bermuda grass to give lawns 12 months of color. Blue grass is a cool season grass, which will turn green in late fall, winter and early spring, Bermuda grass will break dormancy and green and they will survive together, according to the USGA .

The USGA also has its mark on Washington DC golf courses. The association has also worked with public golf courses run by the nonprofit National Links Trust with some of the work it has planned for the design of future courses for its three courses.

In the past, the USGA has helped manage the putting green located at the White House.

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