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Care of Tifgreen Hybrid Bermuda  

WATERING ­ Incorrect watering is the most common mistake made while establishing a lawn. Newly installed sod should be kept well watered for a period of 10 days to 2 weeks. This is the most critical period in the life of you: lawn. Water several times a day increasing frequency for extremely hot or windy weather.

After your sod is rooted less frequent watering will be required. However, remember to gauge your schedule to the weather. A thorough irrigation every 5 to 7 days for one hour or until run­off appears is sufficient to most situations. Your goal is to achieve water penetration to a depth of 8' ­ 12". This will encourage deep rooting and a healthier lawn. Short frequent waterings on established sod creates a shallow root system and susceptibility to insect and disease problems. Verify the depth of watering by probing soil with a screwdriver or sharp instrument. If the screwdriver enters the soil easily to a depth of 6" ­ 8" you have achieved proper moisture penetration

MOWING ­ Tifgreen should be mowed at 1 inch to ½ inch every 5 to 7 days in the growing season. This will prevent a rapid thatch build up and provide a putting green appearance. A sharp power reel mower provides the best results Hand mowers and rotary mowers usually cannot be adjusted to the recommended Heights

If a weekly mowing is skipped, be sure to compensate on the next mowing by scalping back the extra growth. The lawn will green up in a week or so. Closely mowed lawns will resist disease and insect infestations common to thatchy lawns. Clipping removal recommended for a healthy lawn.

FERTILIZING ­ The pre-plant fertilizer put down before you installed your sod will take care of the fertilizer requirements for the first month. Maintenance fertilizer should then be used with subsequent applications monthly during the growing season. Follow label instructions on all fertilizers used. Each Spring when your lawn recovers from dormancy your regular fertilizer program should begin. Avoid fertilizer burn by thoroughly watering fertilizer particles off the leaf blades and well into the soil area

DORMANCY ­ Prolonged color can best be achieved by maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the year. However during the winter months when temperatures drop below 40° (generally December through March) Tifgreen will slow it. growth rate and lose its color. During this period fertilizing and mowing are not necessary. (Tifgreen sod is sold and installed anytime of the year.)

WINTER COLOR- can be restored by the same method major turf growers use by the application of WinterGreen turf dye. Turf dye is growing in popularity for home lawns as well because it saves money by providing a virtually carefree winter lawn. Overseeding with an perennial grass is a practice also commonly used but this method requires regular maintenance.

Old river sod offers sod quality ryegrass for overseeding. HOW TO OVERSEED

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