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It’s difficult to stop, start, or even measure your lawn’s progress. Thankfully, there’s a device that allows the accurate and hassle-free measurement of grass growth.While there are more than 10,000 varieties of plants in the Poaceae family, different types of grasses have some similarities. All grasses produce seeds that are monocotyledonous, which means that each seed produces only one leaf sprout. Additionally, most grasses are herbaceous, so they don't produce woody stems, and they die back to the ground at the end of the growing season. Grasses are invaluable assets to our planet and its inhabitants. With a better understanding and appreciation for grasses, you may never look at your lawn the same way again. Here are 10 unusual facts you may not know about the Poaceae family of plants.
Grasses occur on all continents. They dominate many open habitats from arctic tundra and alpine, steppes and prairies and tropical savannas, in deserts, saltpans, and high mountains all around our planet. Many species occur in forests, woodlands, and jungles. The grass family includes over 11,500 accepted species, some grass taxonomists (Agrostologists) estimate there are as many as 13,000 species, considering their taxonomy is still a work in progress.Bouteloua-Bouteloua is a genus of the grass family, Poaceae. It includes blue grama. Bouteloua derives its name from Claudio Boutelou, a Spaniard who wrote about agriculture. It is very useful for golf courses that want to cut down on tree usage. i.e.- using blue grama as the out of bounds or hazard areas. (Source: www.ndsu.edu)
The genus is named after the Austrian botanist Karl von Zois. Thanks to their great capacity of tolerating temperature variations, shade, or water scarcity, these grasses are among the best ones for lawns and courts in warm temperate climates. They are used on golf courses to create fairways and teeing areas. These grasses are also very disease resistant and traffic tolerant. Here is a link to a very cool looking lawn made of Zoysia grass.carpet-like lawn, crowding out most weeds and other grasses. St. Augustine is a dark green grass with broad, flat blades. It spreads by above ground rhizomes and forms a dense layer of grass. St. Augustine does not produce a viable seed, so it must be propagated by plugs, sprigs, or sod. St. Augustine is one of the most shade tolerant warm season grasses, thriving beneath partial shade of large trees, shrubs, and structures. (Source:www.ndsu.edu)