$14.90 – $17.90
Perfect for: TifTuf has a very fine leaf blade with dense growth, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications. Its density enables it to handle high wear situations like backyards and sports fields whilst its fine blade ensures shade tolerance and a very soft leaf to walk on. TifTuf Bermuda has been scientifically forged to produce a great looking all round lawn with superior qualities whilst requiring minimal inputs.
- Variety of applications
- High wear situations
- Sports fields
Please note: Complimentary Starter (Launcher) Fertiliser is provided with all turf orders
*All orders under 30m2 need to be collected from our farm gate in Echuca, Victoria.
Orders between 30m2 and 39m2 are required to be picked up with a vehicle that has electric brakes.
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- The perfect backyard cricket pitch
- Drought tolerant
- Extremely low water – 38% less water required than other varieties
- Fine leaf
- Superior canopy density
- Will tolerate light shade (4 hours minimum)
- Prefers full sun
- Aggressive growing
- Fast to establish and to self-repair – perfect for high traffic areas
- Great for families with kids and dogs
- Weed & insect resistant
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Why choose TifTuf turf?
Durable. Hardy. Drought-tolerant. TifTuf Bermuda Turf is made for the Aussie backyard.
Victoria’s tough dry summers and mild winters can do a number on lawns. Not to mention your water bill! During water restrictions or drier months, maintaining your lawn can be an uphill battle. Watching it turn from brilliant green to a dried-out brown can be hard yakka for us lawn lovers. But with TifTuf, you can enjoy a healthy lawn – without the high water bill.
TifTuf Bermuda is a drought-tolerant turf grass that thrives in the ever-changing Victorian climate.
The first-ever turfgrass to have received the Smart Approved WaterMark, TifTuf has been hand-selected and bred from over 30,000 different Bermuda varieties for its superior drought tolerance, shade tolerance, wear tolerance and colour retention when compared with other couch and kikuyu varieties and warm season grasses currently available on the Victorian turf market.
TifTuf is a turf grass variety that has been bred to withstand drought conditions and save you a bucket load on water. Its dense growth and very fine leaf blade also make it suitable for a variety of applications. From the humble backyard to premier and elite level sporting grounds, TifTuf is the perfect all-rounder for the diehard lawn fanatic and backyard sporting hero.
25 years of research has been conducted on TifTuf by the world’s leading turfgrass scientists. Requiring 38% less water than other turf varieties, TifTuf sets a new benchmark for drought-tolerant turf in Australia.
If you want a lawn that can survive those tough, dry summers and rounds of backyard cricket – then TifTuf could be for you!
What are the benefits of TifTuf turf?
We love a turf that is durable, drought-tolerant, and can thrive in all types of conditions! TifTuf delivers all three – and then some!
With TifTuf, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck. Here are the benefits of TifTuf Bermuda Turf:
- Drought tolerant
TifTuf stands up to droughts. For us living in Australia – that’s a crucial quality! TifTuf only needs a fraction of the water that other varieties require to establish. This is because TifTuf produces more rhizomes than other cultivars, which contributes to its superb drought survival.
If like many of our customers, you’re keen to do your bit for the environment, then you’ll love TifTuf! Once established, it has minimal water requirements and can be maintained with grey, tank or bore water supplies.
TifTuf is extremely hardwearing and resistant to high traffic, making it perfect for families with kids and pets! TifTuf is a tough grass and is often used in sporting fields and golf courses. Backyard cricket and after-school kicks of the football have never been better!
- Dense growth
TifTuf produces a dense growth habit with a very fine leaf blade. It’s an aggressive grower, and able to establish faster than other turf types. In fact, TifTuf can take root in less than 7 days – that’s up to 75% quicker than other varieties! So for a backyard project where you have kids and a dog itching to get back outside to test drive their new patch – there will be less time waiting while it establishes in its new home.
- Self repairer
The name says it all – TifTuf is tough! One of its key features is its ability to self-repair. Say goodbye to bare patches and the need for constant maintenance! TifTuf is commonly used for public recreation and sporting facilities which sustain seasonal wear and tear from either football, golf or cricket (or even grass tennis!) because it has an amazing ability to self repair to endure pressure from multiple user groups across every season.
- Shorter dormancy
TifTuf is certainly a box ticker when it comes to shorter dormancy. While you should still expect some degree of colour loss during cooler winter periods in Victoria, you will find a healthy TifTuf lawn will green up earlier coming out of winter and into warmer spring periods and will go into winter dormancy later than other Bermuda varieties. So while you should certainly expect to experience some colour loss during winter, Tif Tuf’s winter dormant state won’t be as severe as other warm season grasses.
TifTuf and Victorian weather conditions
Victoria is home to three separate temperate zones. This includes the cold Alpine regions to the east, the cooler and windier southern coastal regions of Geelong and the Surf Coast, and the warmer northern/western Gippsland region. Melbourne turf growers are aware of the ‘four seasons in one day’ extremes of Victorian weather! This is why an adaptable turf variety such as TifTuf is ideal.
TifTuf can survive all weather conditions. Aside from being drought-tolerant, TifTuf is also shade-tolerant and can thrive in as little as 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Frequently asked questions about TifTuf
The world’s first turf type with the Smart Approved Watermark, TifTuf has been bred especially to stand up to drought conditions and the tough Aussie climate.
A one of a kind hybrid Bermudagrass, TifTuf was developed by the world’s leading turf scientists. After 25 years of research, TifTuf was handselected out of 30,000 different Bermuda varieties for its superior drought tolerance, shade tolerance and wear tolerance. TifTuf is the new benchmark when it comes to measuring the drought tolerance of turf. It requires 38% less water than other turf varieties and is a tough, sturdy, low-maintenance lawn that thrives in any condition.
Self-repairing and able to retain its vibrant green colour all year round, TifTuf Bermuda will boost both your kerb appeal and your lifestyle!
This fantastic turf variety is as hardy as it is beautiful. An aggressive grower, landscapers and homeowners alike will love its low-maintenance and resiliency.
While TifTuf is known as a Bermudagrass in the U.S, TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is known as a couch grass here in Australia – and it’s unlike any couch you will have seen before!
A warm-season turf grass, TifTuf is drought-tolerant and resilient.
Couch grass thrives in full sun areas and has a strong horizontal growth pattern. This means it can tolerate very low mowing heights. The aggressive growth habit of any couch makes it durable under stress while enabling it to self-repair. This makes couch turf suitable for large areas such as golf courses, football fields, and public open space environments like parks and playgrounds. Couch grasses can grow in a variety of soil types including sandy soil and light clays. While standard couch varieties need at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight per day, TifTuf Bermuda is shade-tolerant and can survive on as little as 4 hours of direct sunlight per day.
TifTuf Bermuda Turf is available all year round. Unlike other turf varieties, TifTuf has a rapidly establishing root system that can see it take root in as little as 7 days if installed during the growing season!
The biggest thing when it comes to installing TifTuf Turf is to have a well-prepped area.
Most importantly, ensure your soil base is somewhere between 100-150mm deep.
Ensure you have removed or sprayed out old grasses and weeds and other materials such as rocks and branches. Spread starter fertiliser as supplied through the top 20-30mm of soil on your prepared area prior to installing your turf.
Instant turf varieties such as TifTuf are perishable once harvested. This means it’s critical that you install your turf as soon as it’s delivered to your site.
When it comes to installing your TifTuf, the best mode of practice is by doing what’s known as a bricklaying technique. This simply means that you stagger the joins which will help retain turf moisture and promote faster establishment. Once laid, you can use a roller to further ensure good turf to soil contact. Water immediately after installation. TifTuf only needs a fraction of the water other turf varieties require to establish. Once established, water only when there are signs of the grass drying out, as excess irrigation can result in a thatchy looking lawn. Make sure to follow up with another round of fertiliser around 5-6 weeks after installation. You can get more turf installation tips here.
While TifTuf Bermuda is known for retaining superior winter colour and has a shorter dormancy period than other warm season varieties, following a simple fertilising routine will keep it in tip-top shape.
Each year, TifTuf will need a good quality nitrogen fertiliser to maintain its characteristic dark green colour. We recommend using LSA Fertiliser – Premium Lawn Food at a rate of 2kg/100m2.
Fertilise TifTuf in mid-September for it to green up after winter and fertilise a second time in early April to carry growth on into the cooler winter months. Irrigate after the fertiliser has been applied.
TifTuf growth can be maintained with less fertiliser and water than other turf varieties – making it a more economical choice to maintain over the longer term life of the lawn. Always monitor the growth and health of your lawn prior to application to avoid over-irrigation.
If you’re installing TifTuf, then we do suggest using a starter fertiliser prior to installation. This helps to prep the base and kickstart your turf growth. After installation, another application of fertiliser will be needed at around the 5-6 week mark.
Bermudagrass is a warm-season turf that is watersmart, drought tolerant and has superior shade-tolerance when compared to other couch varieties.
Maintaining an amazing looking TifTuf lawn is easy for any homeowner.
For hybrid varieties like TifTuf Bermuda Turf, there are a few important points to follow prior to installation:
- Install as soon as your instant turf is delivered
- Lay on a bed of 100mm to 150mm of quality turf underlay
- Spread starter fertiliser through the top 20-30mm of soil on your prepared area before installing
- Roll turf out to improve contact with soil
- Irrigate after installation and continue until fully established. TifTuf requires less irrigation during establishment than other varieties, so always check its condition prior to watering
- Apply fertiliser 5-6 weeks after installation
- After establishment, water only when grass appears dry
- Follow our Seasonal Care Guide to ensure you always have the best looking lawn in the street!
Bermuda grass thrives in full sun/partial shade with a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. New varieties like TifTuf are more shade-tolerant and can maintain their health and vibrancy well into autumn and winter. There are some aftercare products you can use to ensure your TifTuf Bermuda turf remains healthy and happy all year round. We recommend using a turf growth regulator such as Primo Maxx during the peak growing season (November – February). This product forces the grass to grow thicker instead of taller and can increase the density of turf grown in the shade.
Everyone loves the look of a green lawn! If you want to keep your Bermuda turf looking green all year round, there are a couple of things you can do.
While TifTuf Bermuda can maintain its vibrancy longer than other turf types, it does go into a level of dormancy during the winter months. To keep its dark green hue, you can use a product like ColourGuard. This environmentally-friendly liquid fertiliser contains a natural grass colourant, designed to give your lawn an instant facelift. You can expect results to last up to 3 months after application.
There are some other ways to make Bermuda grass greener:
- Encourage lateral growth by mowing below 25mm
- Dethatch in early sSpring for best results
- Apply quality fertiliser to maintain healthy growth and appearance
- Apply pre-emergent weed herbicide in spring to prevent weeds from germinating
- Apply post-emergent herbicide on visible weeds or by uprooting
- Aerate your lawn in late spring and early summer to enhance stronger growth
- Tackle signs of fungal infections such as brown patch disease
TifTuf Bermudagrass is fast to establish and has an aggressive lateral growth habit. It’s this lateral growth habit which enables TifTuf to self repair from any damage dished out by heavy foot traffic, pet urine, or long periods of zero irrigation. This trait however, also means it’s super invasive if you have it growing in a home yard situation where you have garden beds. If you’re not one for that overgrown look and don’t fancy spending your weekends hand weeding, there are really only two things you can do to keep your garden beds clean:
- Create a physical border to keep grass out. (This is the least effective theory, but will at least help define a border to assist you with managing given you would potentially still need to maintain with Roundup (or similar Glyphosate product) and/or a whipper snipper).
- Incorporate some barriers in your garden such as rocks or stepping stones (this is a short term fix as all couch runners will still find a way to pop up in even the most arid/roughest ground covers unless you are prepared to use a chemical to maintain – eg Roundup)
- Regularly maintain your lawn to stay on top of intrusive grass growth by whipper snipping the lawn edges and using a Roundup or glyphosate product to curb its growth
While there are herbicides that kill only grasses (and don’t harm plants), most warm-season turf varieties like TifTuf Bermuda are susceptible to chemicals such as glyphosate/Roundup. The best course of action is by pulling vegetation by hand or by using a garden knife. For more extreme cases, you can reduce your Bermuda’s growth by cutting off light with the use of a covering or sunshade.
The only way you can stop Tif Tuf from invading garden beds is to use Roundup/Glyphosate. Otherwise, if you do have a lot of garden beds and don’t want to spend the time chasing away runners, you should look at a less invasive lawn variety like Sir Walter DNA Certified Soft Leaf Buffalo.
During late spring to early summer, you’ll most likely notice an increase in seed heads in your turf. The best way to prevent seeding is by maintaining a consistent lawn care program. Generally, your TifTuf Bermuda will seed if it’s under stress from extreme weather changes or by underwatering. If you notice seed heads, you can mow them off and then ensure your lawn is getting adequate water, fertiliser, and nutrients through a light top dressing.
It sure can! TifTuf can be installed all year round – unless it’s a high traffic environment (kids and dogs!) or if it’s in shade.
TifTuf will root down in both autumn and winter, however, the shoot growth will be minimal and it will take slightly longer to establish. If you do decide to install in winter, avoid all foot traffic until spring, if possible.
While TifTuf displays an improved ability to retain superior colour during winter dormancy when compared to other couch lawns, just like all our homegrown warm-season, drought-tolerant turf varieties it may still experience varying degrees of discoloration based on seasonal, environmental and management conditions.
Despite this, TifTuf has been shown to hold substantially more colour than other couch varieties during the cooler months. It also greens up much faster than other varieties when coming into spring. With TifTuf, the grass is definitely greener on the other side!
Seasonal Lawn Care Tips
Seasonal Care Guide
Seasonal Watering Guide