Selection of Warm-Season Turfgrasses for Southern California

by Marta Pudzianowska | On Demand

CEUs/PDHs: (* CEU's Pending) Credits: LACES 1,APLD 1,NALP 1,QWEL 1


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Webinar Description:
With persistent drought and continuous efforts to reduce water consumption conversion to water-efficient and drought tolerant plants is being encouraged in California in recent years. Warm-season turfgrasses use at least 20% less water than commonly used cool-season species in southern California. There are however some disadvantages of using warm-season grasses, with winter dormancy and poor performance in shade being among the most important ones.

This seminar will address the advantages and disadvantages of the major warm-season species and cultivars, but will also give an insight into the goals, new directions and recent progress in breeding warm-season grasses for southern California.

Participants will learn how and why warm-season grasses can be beneficial in southern California landscapes and what to look for when selecting species and cultivars to meet their needs in coastal and inland areas.

Learning Objectives:
1. Differentiate between warm- and cool-season turfgrasses, especially related to water use requirements.
2. Understand the biology and cultural maintenance requirements of the major warm-season turfgrass species/cultivars adapted for California.
3. Understand the latest warm-season turfgrass breeding efforts.


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Marta Pudzianowska

University of California, Riverside

Marta Pudzianowska, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral scholar in turfgrass breeding at University of California, Riverside. She earned her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW. Marta's goal is to improve bermudagrass, kikuyugrass and zoysiagrass for winter color retention and drought tolerance and eventually develop warm-season turfgrass cultivar that could help California save water and be an alternative for cool-season grasses even during winter.