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University of Georgia Turfgrass Releases

TifSport Bermudagrass

For Information Please visit the TifSport Bermudagrass Website

TifEagle Bermudagrass
For Information please visit the
TifEagle Bermudagrass Website

TifBlair Centipedegrass
TifBlair centipedegrass was developed from seeds of Common centipedegrass that had been irradiated with 10,000 rads of Cobalt 60 gamma radiation for 4 cycles by the USDA-ARS Forage and Turf Research Unit at Tifton, GA and planted at Blairsville, GA. Seeds were harvested from plants that survived the 1980 to 1984 winters to produce TifBlair. TifBlair can be established from seeds or sod. It is protected by Plant Variety Protection, therefore it cannot be produced, propagated or sold without permission. The Turfgrass Group, Inc has the rights to produce TifBlair.

Compared to common, TifBlair has improved:

  1. Superior cold hardiness
  2. Deep rooting - drought tolerant
  3. Superior growth in low pH soil
  4. Exceptional seedling vigor
  5. Excellent Fall color retention
  6. Known pedigree (genetic purity)

For more information please visit the TifBlair Centipedegrass Website


Seashore Paspalum
Seashore paspalum will be the most environmentally friendly warm-season turfgrass in the 21st century. This grass can tolerate a wide range of water resources, including potable water and seawater as well as variable quality recycled (alternative, gray, effluent, nonpotable, wastewater, brackish) water. The grass requires only minimal pesticides and judicious applications of fertilizers. It is very efficient in the uptake and utilization of critical fertilizer nutrients. Thus, seashore paspalum can be easily managed to comply with local, state, federal, and global regulations dealing with environmental concerns on water quality/quantity and environmental stewardship issues.

Seashore paspalum will have multiple uses in the turf industry. It has the leaf texture, quality, and traffic tolerance for use on golf course greens, tees, fairways, and roughs; on sports fields including soccer, baseball, and football; in home lawn and business landscape areas; in municipal parks, and; on roadsides, especially low drainage ways. It can be used to clean up polluted or contaminated waters or soils (bioremediation). It can be effectively used to transition into wetland sites or other environmentally sensitive areas to minimize the potential for point and non-point source pollution or contamination from industrial sites or other problem areas.


Southeast Tall Fescue
Southeast is a turf-type tall fescue exhibiting shoot density, color, and quality traits that are intermediate between the forage-types and the most dark green, highest shoot density turf-types. Relative to the darkest green and highest shoot density turf-type tall fescues, Southeast exhibits a moderately dark green color and moderately high to high shoot density. These traits are believed by the UGA scientists to be more appropriate for southern conditions due to: a) reduced heat load in response to less absorption of solar radiation by the moderate dark green versus darkest green turf-types, and b) a somewhat less dense canopy may help reduce high humidity within the canopy that could favor certain diseases prevalent under hot, humid conditions.

Southeast can be used in either low maintenance sites (i.e., where forage-types have been used) or moderate to high maintenance sites (i.e., where turf-types have been used). This adaptability arises from the combination of drought resistence, high temperature tolerance, plus turf-type quality traits and maintenance of a viable root system. These characteristics also allow Southeast to exhibit high persistence or survival.

 

In This Section

TifSport Bermudagrass
TifEagle Bermudagrass
TifBlair Centipedegrass
Seashore Paspalum
Southeast Tall Fescue

 

   

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