How to use the variety guide

This website is about turfgrass varieties, not turfgrass species. Each table must therefore be regarded separately, with no direct comparison between different species or areas of use. Readers not familiar with species' characteristics and areas of use should read 'The Grass Guide', which is available at

The SCANTURF tables not only include varieties that have been tested since the program started in 2005, but also varieties that are still on the market after being tested in the former national programs. Amalgamation of results has been possible because control varieties within each species / subspecies were mostly the same. Mean values have been presented in the case of conflicting results among the former programs. Empty cells in the tables reflect that all characters were not assessed in all programs. Varieties that have been withdrawn or are no longer on the market have been deleted from the tables.

Both SCANTURF and SCANGREEN tables contain one main section and one section for new varieties that are included in the ongoing trials and for which results are therefore preliminary and more uncertain. By default varieties have been ranked, firstly by decreasing general impression, secondly by decreasing density, thirdly by decrasing winter hardiness and fourthly increasing relative growth rate. By using the sorting function, readers can make their own ranking depending on the character that they find most important for their particular area of use. Readers should keep in mind that the varieties on the top of the lists may not be the best for every use.

All varieties have been indicated with a variety owner or representative whose contact information can be found here. Readers looking for seed of a particular variety should contact the variety owner / representative who will be able to advise on the nearest distributor/agent.

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