As sales for our exclusive TifTuf continue to ramp up we thought it would be a good idea to post a blog about TifTuf maintenance in Perth. Quite different to other turf varieties in Perth, TifTuf uses 38% less water then other turf varities, requires less fertiliser and can grow in shadey areas (up to 70% our latest research has shown). So what do we suggest you do to get your TifTuf looking lush and green all year round (because it does stay green in winter too!!)
Before you Install TifTuf
It is important to note that it is recommended to avoid using a starter fertiliser before you lay TifTuf. Extra nitrogen will encourage too much leaf growth at a time where root growth is a priority.
While it is has been proven that that TifTuf uses very little water after establishment (38% than similar varieties) it does still require watering in the establishment phase. The leaf needs to be kept continually moist whilst it is establishing. . It is recommended to follow the following schedule for TifTuf;
- Weeks 1 & 2: Water deeply 1-2 times daily.
- Weeks 3 & 4: Water deeply every second day.
- Weeks 5 & 6: Water deeply twice a week.
- Week 7 onwards: Water deeply regularly.
A new and very important piece of information for TifTuf maintenance is to mow early. It is advised that customers mow 3-5 days after installation. As always make sure that the turf has taken root before mowing, you do this by trying to lift the corner of a roll
Ongoing TifTuf maintenance is pretty simple thanks to its low input usage. It is however important to keep on top of the length of the leaf. Mowing may be required on a 4-7 day basis, especially during the summer months. It is suggested that TifTuf should be mown at a cutting height of 20-40mm.
While TifTuf is proving to use a lot less fertiliser, for healthy lawn it is still suggested to fertilise 3 times a year. We suggest it is best to fertilise in early spring, summer and autumn. The big key is to only apply fertiliser at a ¼ rate as too much nitrogen will create too much leaf growth. If you prefer organic fertilisers it is recommended to only use liquid fertilisers, and most importantly never use chicken manure.
*** Does TifTuf really grow in the shade? **
Yes it does! New research is showing that TifTuf needs 50% less sunlight than similar grasses.
But how? It is well known respected shade grasses like buffalo grass rely on the surface area to create more photosynthesis from the available sunlight. This leads to questions of ‘how can a fine leaf grass like TifTuf perform in the shade’.
The answer is that TifTuf produces greater amounts of Gibberellic Acid than all other Bermuda varieties. Gibberellic Acid is what plants use for photosynthesis, so the more Gibberellic Acid a plant has the less light it needs to grow. This creates another advantage as the higher amount of Gibberellic Acid giving it winter colour like no other Bermuda grass.