If you're involved with the installation or the day-to-day care and maintenance of athletic fields, golf courses or high-end commercial and residential lawns, you'll really like how TifSport compares to Tifway, Midiron and the popular common bermudagrasses in use today.
|1. Closer Mowing Heights||7. Good Lateral Growth|
|After three-times-per-week mowings at 1/4”, research conducted in Tifton shows that TifSport can tolerate closer mowing heights than Tifway and Midiron. Sod density was also excellent||TifSport is more aggressive than genetically pure Tifway, especially during the cool weather months. This may account for TifSport’s rapid grow-in and repair time.|
|2. Upright Leaf Blade Orientation||8. Cold Tolerant|
TifSport’s leaf blade orientation and stiffness is being touted by many knowledgeable golf course superintendents. They feel TifSport gives a better ball lie in cut fairways and roughs.
|TifSport is expected to push the northern limits for warm season Bermudagrass. It has survived several winters in Oklahoma City and Nashville TN, while Tifway showed severe damage|
|3. Impressive Leaf Texture||9. Superior Sod Strength|
|TifSport has a similar leaf texture to Tifway, and a finer leaf texture than most other grasses used on fairways and tees.This also helps promote good footing on athletic fields.||TifSport seems to have superior sod strength. This should translate into improved playing conditions and improved resistance to divot injury in golf, football and baseball.|
|4. Dark Green Color||10. Pest Resistant|
|TifSport has a dark emerald green color versus the somewhat pastel green of Tifway and the significantly lighter green of Vamont and Quickstand||Research in Tifton has shown a non-preference by mole crickets for TifSport. This has also been confirmed in a golf course environment in Naples FL on a USGA test green where TifSport was planted in the approaches.|
|5. Superior Turf Density||11. Excellent Traffic Tolerance|
|TifSport has a greater density than Tifway - about a 1 point difference on a 10 point scale during the peak growing season. When compared to Midiron, Quickstand, Vamont and the common Bermudas there’s about a 3 point difference.||TifSport’s density, sod strength and good lateral growth rate give it a high ranking for traffic tolerance. Athletic field managers and golf course superintendents are reporting outstanding re-growth from normal play and injury.|
|6. Nutritional Requirements||12. Impressive Root System|
|Tests at Tifton GA showed that TifSport produced a better quality and greener leaf blade than Tifway under low nutrition and minimal management .||A typical TifSport plug shows TifSport’s impressive root, stolon and rhizome system, exhibiting strong lateral stolon growth and a deep, complex vertical root structure.|
For More Information Contact Shelley Fincher
Director, Plant Licensing
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.