We’ve eagerly monitored the growth of your TifTuf™ Bermuda sod from day one to harvest. You’ve watered to establish your new drought-tolerant outdoor haven. Now, it’s time to follow these simple steps to get the most out of your Lifetime Lawn and its lasting green color:
Mowing TifTuf Bermuda
- Mow at 0.5-2 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.
- Mowing may be required on a 4-to-7-day interval.
|Mow when grass is this tall:||2 inches (5 cm)||1.5 inches (3.7 cm)||1.5 inches (3.7 cm)|
|Set the cutting height to:||1 inch (2.5 cm)||0.75 inches (2.5 cm)||.5 inches (1.3 cm)|
Watering TifTuf Bermuda
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 types 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
Fertilizing TifTuf Bermuda
- 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.
weed control for TifTuf Bermuda
- 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.
- Pests may become a problem, especially if Bermuda is not growing healthily (too much or too little fertilizer or water, etc.).
- For assistance with weed identification and pest control 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|
Additional TifTuf Bermuda Maintenance
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.