Combining toughness with beauty, Tifway 419 has been the most popular sports turf for the last 50 years. Its dense, rapidly spreading growth habit means quick recovery from injury, making it one of the most durable hybrid Bermudas. Tifway 419 tolerates close mowing and is highly disease resistant. For use on fairways, roughs, sports fields, and commercial and residential lawns.
Tifway is a hybrid bermudagrass cross of Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis germplasma. It is characterized as having a dark green color with medium fine textured leaves. Tifway hybrid bermudagrass is dense with a medium to low growth habit. This variety is a vigorous grower and thus establishes quickly at planting.
The 2001 NTEP trial conducted in Griffin, GA showed that Tifway 419 was shown to have better quality ratings than Tifsport.
Temperature Range of Adaptation – Tifway 419 grows best in warm climates within 45 degrees latitude to the equator. Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) are readily tolerated by healthy Tifway 419. The grass may become dormant after repeated winter frosts but recovers quickly when temperatures warm.
Water Quality Tolerance
On a suitably drained profile, Tifway 419 can tolerate soil concentration of 2500 ppm total salts. It is well adapted to “brown” water sources and is commonly used in municipal and food industry effluent land application systems.
Tifway 419 will survive droughts with minimal water availability. One to two inches (25 to 50 mm) of actual available water weekly to the plant will provide an acceptable turf surface. Tifway 419 will survive at 1/2 inch (12 mm) irrigation per week, dependant on soil physics.
Traffic and Wear Tolerance
Tifway 419 provides very good recuperative rates of all warm season turfgrasses and is a vigorous regenerator.
Tifway 419’s dense growth, when properly maintained, efficiently competes with the presence of many turf weeds. Tifway 419 easily tolerates broadcast application of selective herbicides labeled for use on bermudagrass.
With the exception of certain leaf feeding insects, Tifway 419 demonstrates tolerance or quick recovery from damage after pest infestations. Tifway 419 tolerates broadcast application of insecticides labeled for use on bermudagrass.
Tifway 419 grows best when soil pH is between 5.5 to 7.0. Soil levels of 100 pounds per acre (112 kg per hectare) of phosphorous and 150 to 200 pounds per acre (168 to 224 kg per hectare) potassium will provide sufficient plant growth. 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.
Tifway 419 is a sterile (no viable seeds) triploid plant species and is successfully propagated as sprigs (rhizomes and stolons) and sod.