Turf Review: Platinum TE Paspalum

Platinum TE Paspalum

There is a good reason Turf Ecosystems named its 2007 paspalum cultivar “Platinum.” Developed by turfgrass expert Dr. Ron R. Duncan, Platinum TE Paspalum meets the very highest standards. Just as platinum outperforms other metals to provide superior quality and performance, so does Platinum, the turfgrass.

Paspalums, in general, offer turfgrass solutions for projects located in a variety of challenging environments. Originally cultivated for projects utilizing high salinity irrigation sources or subject to direct sea spray, paspalums have proven more effective than other turfgrass options in a number of conditions. Besides being the most salt-tolerant turfgrass, paspalums tolerate low light, whether due to shade or consistently cloudy climates. With a growth habit of quickly spreading rhizomes and stolons, paspalum forms a thick turf withstanding the heavy traffic of golf courses and sports fields. Among paspalums and other available turfgrass varieties, Platinum TE excels in sustainability, performance, and aesthetics.

In a time when environmental concerns have become a major issue, sustainability needs to be addressed in every aspect of a project, including the turfgrass. Platinum TE meets sustainability challenges in a number of ways. With the best overall disease resistance of all paspalums, Platinum TE requires less chemical usage. The extensive root mass of Platinum TE provides for more efficient uptake of nutrients and water, requiring fewer fertilizer applications and less irrigation. Quality of irrigation water is less of a concern as well since Platinum TE maintains growth and performance characteristics with higher salt content or even effluent water, given proper maintenance.

Performance of Platinum TE adds value to golf course and sports field projects.  Continuous growth and the superior root system result in excellent wear tolerance as well as quick divot and ball mark recovery. Platinum TE’s fine leaf blade and short internode spacing serve to develop a dense canopy perfectly suited for excellent ball set-up and puttability. Platinum TE’s versatility makes it one of the few turfgrasses available effective for tee-to-green application.

With turfgrass, looks do matter. Platinum TE boasts darker green color than other paspalum cultivars and allows superior striping capabilities. That beautiful appearance is available longer in the year with Platinum TE as it retains color in shady conditions and longer into the cooler season. Furthermore, Platinum TE emerges sooner from winter dormancy for quicker green-up.

Proven performance of Platinum TE has led to popularity worldwide. Grown in over 35 countries in every continent (except Antarctica), Platinum TE is a key component in the success of some of the world’s most prestigious golf courses and sports fields including Yas Island Links in Abu Dhabi (ranked as one of the top 25 golf courses in the world by Golf Digest), the Houston Astros stadium in Texas, Aspire Soccer Facility in Doha, Qatar, and Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore. For more information on Platinum TE and a complete analysis of the turfgrass needs of your project, contact Atlas Turf today.

Platinum TE Paspalum is the grass of choice for TEHC International Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. Read more about their experience with Platinum.

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