Seashore Paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum) is native to tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America. In the United States, seashore Paspalum is found along coastal regions from Texas to Florida and North Carolina southward.

Seashore Paspalum is the newest golf and sports turfgrass to hit the Southeast in many years. Though it is not difficult for a trained turf manager to cultivate Paspalum, the maintenance guidelines are different from other turfgrass species – especially Bermudagrass.

Paspalum is still in its infancy as a grass for use on golf courses, but it shows great promise as a grass that can be used in environments where water quality issues may otherwise preclude the development of a golf course.

While much is to be learned about Paspalum, we do know a bit about fertilizing this relatively new grass.

Paspalum does not need a lot of N, and it prefers slow release N versus heavy applications of conventional sources of N. There are several superintendents using 1/4 to 1/2 lb. of N/1,000 sq. ft. monthly in a program with solubles. Blends that include 13-0-0 along with slow release sources of K provide the best response and help maintain a great putting surface. Use of Nature Safe on Paspalum fairways is an excellent way to ensure good color and to maintain consistent growth.

For more information about Seashore Paspalum, go to Texas A&M University’s web site at: