Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis
TIFTUF (trademark 1796811 registered by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. a corporation organised under the laws of the State of Georgia from 15 Sep 2016); TifTuf™ and TifTuf Certified Bermudagrass™ (United States trade mark); DT-1 (breeder's code and variety name, including Australian Plant Breeder's Rights (PBR) variety name). DT stood for "drought tolerant".
TifTuf™ is a fine-textured hybrid bermudagrass that was selected for its drought tolerance and ability to maintain acceptable turf quality under drought stress. The variety is fast spreading making it suitable for areas requireing recovery. Studies conducted by the University of Georgia in the United States have shown that the bright green hybrid TifTuf™ uses 38% less water than the (American) industry hybrid couch standard 'Tifway'. The fine-textured turf variety has the ability to be mown comfortably between 10 mm and 30 mm making it suitable for a multi-use sports field e.g. AFL and cricket.
It has been said that TifTuf out performs any another of the Tif series turfgrasses including the older 'TifSport' variety and the newly released American variety TifGrand®. It is unusual to see two superior turfgrasses having being released commercially by a owner/breeder, in this case The University of Georgia. It's great to see so many promising varieties coming out of their turf research program. TifTuf™ was developed by the University of Georgia, USA and is commercially available through Lawn Solutions Australia (LSA) turf growers.
TifTuf is susceptible to frost resulting in a brown or "zebra" (green and brown) appearance. The recommended mowing height is between 10mm and 30mm. In October 2019, Matthew Daum from 'Lawnporn' was mowing TifTuf at 5 mm using a cylinder mower.
Pests, disease and weeds
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