We’ve expertly grown your dark green TifGrand® Bermuda. You’ve enthusiastically installed the sod and seen its aggressive establishment. Now, follow these simple instructions to help that Lifetime Lawn stand up to the shade:
Mowing TifGrand Bermuda Sod
- Mow at 0.5 to 1.5" inch cutting height. Mow no more than 1/3 of the leaf off at one mowing. Use sharp mower blades and catch and remove clippings. Can be mowed with either reel or rotary mower.
- For TifGrand to maintain its shade tolerance, it has to be mowed below 1" cutting height. Unlike other turfgrasses, the lower TifGrand's mowing height in the shade, the more its shade tolerance is increased. TifGrand has a hard time recovering from growing long, then being scalped.
- Mowing may be required on a 4-to-7-day interval.
|mow when grass is this tall:||2 inches (2.54cm)||1.5 inch (2.54cm)||0.75 inch (2.54cm)|
|set cutting height of mower to:||1.5 inch (1.9cm)||1 inch (1.9cm)||0.5 inch (1.9cm)|
Watering TifGrand Bermuda Sod
Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings.
Though drought tolerant, Bermuda best performs when it receives approximately 1 inch of water per week. If one or more inches of rainfall occur in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.)
Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)
- Fertilize with Super-Sod’s Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron and Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone, which can be purchased at your local Super-Sod store. Fertilize according to the table below and according to soil test recommendations.
- Apply between 3 and 6 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet annually, during the growing season. Select a fertilizer that is labeled for use on Bermudagrass lawns. Do not apply fertilizer to wet turf to avoid burning. Too much fertility will result in a thatchy and unhealthy lawn.
- Read about How to Calculate Fertilizer Rates.
- Supplemental application of iron will improve grass color.
Weed Control for TifGrand
- Weed Control: Bermuda's vigorous growth can retard weed infestation. However, use of a pre-emergent herbicide, recommended for use on Bermuda lawns on the label, is strongly recommended in the spring and fall.
- Apply pre-emergent weed control products that are specifically labeled for Bermuda grass. Apply weed control according to the table below. Read and follow all label directions.
- For assistance identifying weeds, contact your nursery/garden center, landscaper, or State cooperative extension service agent.
Fertilizer (lbs/1000 ft2)
Weed Control (as needed)
|Early Spring||Wait to Fertilize Until After Green Up||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|
|Late Spring||7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Early Summer||7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Late Summer||7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron||Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds|
|Fall||10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron||Pre-emerge for grassy weeds|
Pest and Disease Control in TifGrand Bermuda
- Pest Control: Pests may become a problem, especially if Bermuda is not growing healthily (too much or too little fertilizer or water, etc.).
- 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.
*For assistance in pest control contact your nursery/garden center, landscaper, or State cooperative extension service agent.