Tifdwarf offers a finer blade and its putting surface can be compared with many creeping bentgrasses. Tifdwarf is highly adapted to heat, saline or sodic soils, heavy traffic and low mowing. Because it overseeds and transitions well, it is highly effectinve for year-round play in areas where summer temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Verticutting and topsdressing are needed to balance the aggressiveness of Tifdwarf, but its mat is the perfect base for overseeded winter grasses.
Tifdwarf is a hybrid bermudgrass cross of Cynodon transvaalensis X Cynodon dactylon. Tifdwarf has smaller and shorter leaves, stems and internodes that TifGreen. The leaf blades are dark green in color and ahve the finest texture of the hybrid bermudagrasses.
Tifdwarf is used for golf course greens more than any of the other hybrid bermudagrasses. it is also used on bowling greens and tennis courts.
Temperature range of adaptation – as with the other Tif-Varieties, Tifdwarf performs well in climates within 45 degrees latitude to the equator. Tifdwarf is not as winter hardy as Tifway or TifGreen, and performs best at altitudes lower than 1,500 feet.
Water Quality Tolerance
Tifdwarf is the most tolerant of the Tif-bermudas to salt concentrations. On a suitably drained profile Tifdwarf can tolerate soil concentrations in excess of 4,000 ppm total salts.
Tifdwarf will survive droughts with minimal water availability. One to two inches (25 to 50 mm) of available water weekly to the plant will provide an acceptable turf surface. Tifdwarf will survive at 1/2 inch (12 mm) irrigation per week, dependent on soil physics.
Traffic and Wear Tolerance
Tifdwarf is tolerant to traffic and mechanical wear and tear. It can withstand aggressive cultural practices better than the ultradwarf varieties.
Tifdwarf forms a dense turf which will prevent the presence of many turf weeds when properly maintained. Tifdwarf tolerates application or herbicides at labeled rates for greens.
Soil Fertility Range
Tifdwarf grows best in soils with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. Soil levels of 100 pounds per acre (112 kg per hectare) of phosphorous an 150 to 200 pounds per acre (168 to 224 kg per hectare) potassium will provide a healthy growing plant. Nitrogen applied at 1 pound per 1,000 square feet per month will provide a healthy plant when combined with the recommended phosphorous and potassium.
Tifdwarf is a sterile (no viable seed) triploid plant which can be successfully propagated as sprigs (rhizomes and stolons) or as sod.