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Grass Plant Structure and Growth - Growth Cycle of a Cool Season Grass Plant

Turfgrasses grown in Minnesota and other north central states are known as cool season grasses. Turfgrasses adapted to the southern states are known as warm season grasses.

Figure 3.3
Figure 3.3

Figure 3.3 illustrates the general growth cycle differences between these two grass types. Note that the cool season grasses have growth peaks in the spring and fall, indicating a response to the cooler conditions at those times of the year. The warm season grasses have a peak growth period during the summer months, providing ample water is present, indicating their response to the warmer conditions.

Annual weedy grasses, such as crabgrass and foxtail, also follow the warm season growth curve. In the case of crabgrass or foxtail, they begin their life cycle from seed while perennial warm season grasses, such as Bermuda grass, begin growth from existing plant structures.

Proceed to Grass Plant Structure and Growth - Seasonal Plant Growth.

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