Tifsport® is a popular Bermuda grass used in the installation of athletic fields, golf courses or high-end commercial and residential lawns.
Transplanting Tifsport® instant lawn
There are several benefits to planting Tifsport® instant lawn. These include:
- Closer mowing heights
- Upright leaf blade orientation gives better ball lie in cut fairways and roughs
- Finer leaf texture than most other grasses used on fairways and tees. It also helps to promote good footing on athletic fields
- Lush, dark green colour
- Superior turf density
- Excellent quality and colour blade under low nutrition and minimal management circumstances
- Rapid grow-in and repair time
- Cold tolerant
- Superior sod strength
- High traffic tolerance
- Impressive root, stolon and rhizome system
- Drought tolerant
- Cynodon Variety
- Bred from indigenous parent varieties
- Dark green in colour
- Fine leaf texture
- Good tolerance of drought and cold
- Fair tolerance of the shade
- Suits a wide range of soil
- Moderate establishment rate
- Good wearability
- Successful in sports fields and home gardens
- Goes dormant in winter
- The top performer on the NTEP Trials for 12 Years in the USA
- Approved by FIFA for Soccer Fields
Availability: All year
Tifsport® grass from Evergreen Turf
Get in touch with us today to chat about getting Tifsport® for your field. It’s available all year round and can be collected from Johannesburg.
Before planting, soil should be moistened to a depth of 15cm. Dig the area over thoroughly, to a depth of at least 15cm. The area must be leveled carefully as it is very difficult to correct levels after the grass has been laid.
Handling of Instant Lawn
Although the sods are well knitted together, careful handling is desirable. Do not leave sod in sun for long periods. For best results, Warm Season Grasses should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
Watering Maintenance for Establishment Phase
Water immediately after planting, sufficiently to moisten the soil to a depth of 11 – 20mm. In hot months every day, in the morning and afternoon for 2 weeks or until the grass is established.
In cool months, every day, mornings only for 2 weeks or until the grass are established.NB: Do not water later than 2pm so that the grass can dry off before night falls. Although adequate watering is very important, over watering and “puddling” must be avoided. Different types of soil must be taken into consideration
Since Warm Season grass grows most actively in Spring & Summer, this is when it needs to be fertilized most. It is beneficial to scarify warm season lawns first in spring when an application of 5:1:5 can be introduced onto the roots at 50g / m². Lawns do best when fertilized "little and often”. Grass growing in sandy soil needs to be fertilize more often than that growing in a clay soil, since the nutrients leach out far more readily in the first instance.
Conventional or controlled (slow) release fertilizer can be used. General fertilization recommendation as follows:
- Spring: 5:1:5 applied @ 50g/m² (beginning of Aug & end Sept)
- Summer: 5:1:5 or LAN controlled release 50g/m² (Mid Nov, end Dec & end Jan)
- Autumn: 5:1:5 controlled release 50g/m² (beginning of March & end of April)
- Winter: No fertilizer is necessary while the grass is dormant.
When to Establish
- Instant Lawn: All year round
- Spriggs: Preferably do not sprigg in winter months on the Highveld
- Instant Lawn: All year round
When to Mow
As soon as the sod is firmly secured to the ground, mowing can begin by removing no more than ⅓ of the leaf length. For further information on mowing heights, please refer to the maintenance section.