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TifTuf™

TifTuf™ outperforms all other Bermuda grasses in drought tolerance, keeping its fine texture and bright green color in conditions others couldn’t handle!

TifTuf™ is the product of over 25 years of research by one of the leading turf breeders, the University of Georgia. TifTuf™ is superior to many Bermuda grasses for drought tolerance and uses 38% less water than Tifway 419. One of the biggest benefits to this variety is your lower monthly water bill. Not only will it handle drought with ease, but this exceptional variety is proven to withstand shade, wear and tear, and cold temperatures better than any other. Through all these stresses, TifTuf™ maintains its fine texture and beautiful bright green color. Its fine leaf blade with dense growth make this durable yet soft Bermuda ideal for a wide variety of applications from school playgrounds to sports fields.

Recommended Mow Height .5-2 in.

1 in. per Week

Requires 5 Sunlight Hours Each Day

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Drought Tolerance:

  • Does not go dormant during drought like other grasses
  • Better overall turfgrass quality and aesthetics under drought stress than any other Bermudagrass.
  • TifTuf™ will pay for itself in reduced water bills.

Texture and Color

  • Superior in color and density over Tifway (419)
  • Quicker spring green up and better green color retention into fall than Tifway (419).

Traffic Tolerance

  • Great resistance to wear and tear
  • Fast recovery from traffic or drought

Other Features

  • Can be mowed with a reel, rotary or robotic mower.
  • Disease Resistance
  • Does well in shade
  • Light green color
  • Performs better in heavier soils during drought
  • Small amount of seed heads

Light

  • TifTuf™ Bermuda performs best in full sun and requires at least 5 hours of sunlight each day.

 

Mow

  • Obtain a stunning look comparable to your favorite fairways and sports fields at a low mowing height, .5″-2″.
  • First mow should be approximately 14 days after installation. Be careful not to mow more than 1/3 of the blade length.
  • As with any fast-growing grass, you will need to mow Bermuda grass frequently to keep it at the desired height. This means setting a schedule and mowing when the grass grows above the level that you set. For most lawns, a height of one to two inches is best. For the long, hot summer days you can let it grow a little higher to help protect the soil from the intense heat. Otherwise, expect to mow the Bermuda grass frequently over the growing season.

 

Water

  • Give your lawn approximately 1″ of water per week. In hot or dry weather, increase your watering to 2½” per week to keep your lawn healthy.
  • Apply enough water on the installation day to penetrate the sod and two inches of soil underneath. For the next 10-14 days, reduce your watering to just keep the soil moist throughout the day. Usually watering four to six times during the day, for approximately five to six minutes each time, is required until the roots have been established.
  • After the first mow, reduce the frequency of times but increase the duration of watering at a gradual pace. The goal is to only water once a day and have the grass fully equipped with deep roots.

 

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

 

  • Fungicide: Apply if needed. You may benefit from it if the TifTuf™ Bermuda is in the shade or has had trouble with disease in the past. First application should be 24 – 48 hours after first watering.
  • Insecticide: Apply if needed, follow label directions. Treat with broad spectrum insecticide if needed.
  • Preemergent Herbicide: Stop weeds from popping up by applying a preemergent herbicide. Follow label directions and wear proper protection equipment. Create a consistent blanket application.
  • Fertilize: To keep your TifTuf™ Bermuda grass healthy, it will need to be fertilized on a regular basis. Again, this has to do with the fast-growing nature of the grass which quickly uses up the nutrients in the soil. It is recommended that the soil have ½ to 1 lb. of N per 1,000 feet. Given that it will consume most of that in less than four weeks, you will probably need to fertilize once per month during the growing season. However, that schedule may vary depending on other factors.

 

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