Plant Growth Regulators for Fine Turf

Mowing Greens

Bert McCarty

Plant growth retardants (PGR's) or inhibitors are increasingly being used to suppress seedheads and leaf growth due to rising mowing costs and danger posed to operators and other personnel.  Traditionally, plant growth retardants have been used in the South to suppress bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flugge.) or tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea) seedhead production exclusively in low maintenance areas such as highway roadsides, airports, and golf course roughs.  However, in recent years, new chemicals which may be used in higher maintained commercial turf situations have been developed. more..