If you’re invovled 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 bermudagrass varieties in use today.
Closer Mowing Height
After three-times-per-week mowing at 1/4″, research conducted in Tifton, GA shows that TifSport can tolerate closer mowing heights that Tifway and Midiron. Sod density of TifSport was excellent.
Upright Leaf Blade Orientation
TifSport’s leaf blade orientation and stiffness is being touted by many golf course superintendents. They feel TifSport gives a better ball lie in low cut fairways and roughs.
Impressive Leaf Texture
TifSport has similar leaf texture to Tifway, and a finer leaf texture than most other grasses used on fairways and tees. This also helps promte good footing on athletic fields.
Superior Turf Density
TifSport has a greater density than Tifway — about a 1 point difference on a 10 point scale during the peak growing season. When compare to Midiron, Quickstand, Vamont and the common Bermudas, there’s about a 3 point difference.
Good Lateral Growth
TifSport is more aggressive than genetically pure Tifway, especailly during the cool weather months. This also accounts for TifSport’s rapid grow-in and repair time.
Superior Sod Strength
TifSport has superior sod strength. This translates into improved playing conditions and improved resistance to divot injury in golf, football and baseball.
TifSport has an impressive root, stolon and rhyzome system. Noted are its lateral stolon growth and deep, complex vertical root structure.
TifSport developer Dr. Wayne Hanna has data from a two year study showing that TifSport has a good drought tolerance. It not only stays greener longer, but it also recovers faster.
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.
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.
Tests at Tifton, GA showed that TifSport produced a better quality and greener leaf blade than Tifway under low nutrition and minimal management.