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Plateau (formerly protected by Australian Plant Breeder's Rights; yet protected by US Plant Patent)
The medium-textured turfgrass forms a dense short turfgrass sward. The turf plant which has a prostrage growth habit, has dark green leaves, with a flat presentation. The variety has a strong underground rhizome system and a medium rate of seedhead production. Domestic, commercial lawns and "low maintenance" grass tennis courts. It was thought that given the varieties low prostrate growing habit, Plateau would be suitable for nature strips and roadside verges that would inturn require less mowing. The turfgrass did not grow high, however the unsightly seedheads grew too low and prostrate for mowing with councils large tractor or front deck mowers.
Plateau performs well in shade, and handles tropical cloud cover, verses other green couch turfgrass varieties. Prefers loamy soils. Preferred mowing height is 8 to 12 mm in summer and 14 to 18 mm in winter. Lower mowing heights help to prevent excessive thatch build up. Maintain the same mowing height in both sun and shade. For highly managed surfaces, e.g. grass tennis court, 2 to 3 mm is acheivable. Very susceptible to couch smut caused by Ustilago cynodontis.
Pests, diseases and weeds
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Residential and Parks
Suitable climate classification
Subtropical and Tropical and Temperate
Preferred mowing height
- Kaapro, J. (1999). Couch grass Cynodon dactylon ‘Plateau’, Plant Varieties Journal 12(2): 27–28.
- Brown, P. (2002). Cynodon dactylon plant named ‘Plateau’, US Plant Patent 13,059.
- Loch D.S. et al. (2006). Amenity Grasses for Salt-Affected Parks in Coastal Australia. Report TU02005. Horticulture Australia Limited, pp.93.
- Menzel, C. and Broomhall, P. (2002.) “Tropical turfgrasses in heavy shade”, TurfCraft International 83: 34–38.
- 'Plateau' was protected by Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) in Australia (Certificate #1439) by Pete Brown and Associates on 25 Feb 2000. The protection was terminated on 20 May 2015. Read more at http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/pbr_db/search.cfm and search 'Plateau' in the variety field.