You’ve planted TifTuf Bermudagrass to create your drought-tolerant outdoor haven. Now, it’s time to follow these steps to get the most out of your new lawn and its lasting green color:
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|Mow when grass is this tall:||0.75 to 2.5 inches|
|Set the cutting height to:||0.5 to 2 inches|
While other Bermudas survive drought conditions by going dormant and greening up at the first exposure to moisture, TifTuf stays green without going dormant under drought stress.
In UGA tests, it uses 38% less water than Tifway while maintaining better turf quality.
Optimum water management, as with any grass, is dependent on soil, physical characteristics, and climate. While the watering rule-of-thumb for every other grass type is to provide 1” of water per week, in our southeastern climate TifTuf simply doesn’t need to be irrigated when grown in good soils once its roots are established.
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|Month||Fertilizer & Weed Control (lbs/1,000 sq.ft.)||Timing|
|Feb||0-0-7* + Iron w/ pre-emergent @ 6 lbs.||First Week|
|April||16-4-8 + Iron w/ pre-emergent @ 6 lbs.||after last frost|
|May||5-10-30 + Iron at 6 lbs.||Middle of Month|
|June||16-4-8 + Iron @ 6 lbs.||Middle of Month|
|July||5-10-30 + Iron w/ Acelepryn (insecticide) @ 5 lbs.||Middle of Month|
|Aug||16-4-8 + Iron @ 6 lbs.||Middle of Month|
|Sept||0-0-7* + Iron w/ pre-emergent @ 6 lbs.||Middle of Month|
Fungus Control: Bermudagrass lawns are susceptible to fungus during the cold, wet winter months. It is best to take preventative action and apply fungicide in autumn by following the schedule below.
|OCT||Professional fungicide||Middle of the Month|
Thatch Removal: Periodically it may be necessary to remove accumulated thatch. This is best accomplished just before turf turns green (which is approximately late winter in the coastal plain and spring further north). Scalp or rake heavily and remove debris.
Pests may become a problem, especially if Bermuda is not growing healthily (too much or too little fertilizer or water, etc.).