Are you looking for useful TifTuf Bermuda maintenance advice? Then Anco Turf is your go-to place.
Cherry-picked from nearly 30,000 varieties, Tiftuf went through more than two decades of testing before foraying to the Australian market. Endowed with a fine leaf blade and dense growth, this turf type has a variety of applications and is an ideal option for Australian backyards.
TifTuf is drought resistant and consumes 38 per cent less water than comparable varieties. It holds up great in full-sun areas, is highly wear tolerant, and has self-repairing properties, making it a perfect choice for lawns all year round. It is Australia’s first and only grass to get the Smart Approved WaterMark. At the price of $15.50 per square metre, this variety could be your best buy TifTuf Bermuda turf.
Anco Turf recommends following these steps to get the most out of your hybrid Bermuda grass lawn in Australia.
• Research shows that TifTuf grows fast. Anco Turf’s TifTuf maintenance advice is that should you wish to use an initial fertiliser before you lay TifTuf, give it a very light sprinkle at 1/4 rate. The extra nitrogen will promote prolific leaf growth when root growth is a priority.
• Should you prefer a pre-emergent weedkiller, you could use a safe option such as Oxafert because its nitrogen levels are low. Oxafert is best to use between March and May as well as between September and November.
• Although TifTuf uses very little water after settling down, it still needs water during establishment. Like most turf, the leaf must be kept continually moist throughout the setting period. We recommend you give your new turf a deep watering during summer. We suggest you stick with the following schedule:
Weeks 1 & 2: Water deeply 1-2 times daily
Weeks 3 & 4: Water deeply every second day
Weeks 5 & 6: Water deeply at least two times per week
Week 7 onwards: Water deeply regularly
• New research reveals that to maintain TifTuf, you should mow early. It is important that customers mow 1-2 weeks after TifTuf installation. Before mowing, check whether the turf has taken root by attempting to lift the corner of a slab. Mowing is required at weekly intervals. Routinely mowing TifTuf will prevent scalping.
• Ongoing TifTuf maintenance is simple due to its low input usage. The only thing to bear in mind is the length of the leaves. Mowing could be required weekly, especially through strong growing months like January and February. TifTuf needs to be mowed at the height of 20-40mm.
• While TifTuf needs very little fertiliser but to get the healthiest lawn, we recommend fertilising at least three times annually. We recommend fertilising early in spring, summer and autumn. If you prefer organic fertilisers, we recommend using only liquid fertilisers or a composted organic product.
TifTuf is able to stay healthy far better in the shade. Current research reveals that TifTuf needs 50 per cent less sunlight than similar grasses.
In addition, TifTuf makes larger amounts of Gibberellic Acid compared with all other Bermuda varieties. Plants use Gibberellic Acid for photosynthesis, so the more of this acid a plant has, the less light it needs to grow. Higher amounts of Gibberellic Acid give TifTuf its winter colour, unlike any other type of Bermuda grass. So, it makes sense to buy hybrid Bermuda grass for your lawn.
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