Establishing your new TifTuf Lawn
Ensure the soil is not hot before laying turf.
Watering during establishment period:
Week 1: Water twice a day, preferably morning and afternoon.
Week 2: Water once a day but watering should be longer to encourage the roots to search deeper.
Week 3: Water 2 – 3 times per week.
Maintaining your TifTuf Lawn
TifTuf is an extremely drought tolerant grass available on the Australian market and so requires considerably less water to maintain acceptable growth and appearance. Growth of TifTuf can be regulated by decreasing water inputs therefore reducing maintenance needs.
Important points for irrigation of TifTuf:
- If watering is necessary once established, water only when there are signs of the grass drying out, as excess irrigation can hinder the grass rather than help;
- Do not over water in the cooler months;
- If irrigation is needed, water deeply to soak the top 100mm of soil;
- Water early morning for improved efficiency and plant health.
TifTuf’s growth habit allows it to be mown at a range of heights. TifTuf has been bred specifically for the sports turf market and can be kept as low as 9mm or let to grow out to 36mm depending on the specific usage requirements. If TifTuf is left for long periods without mowing, caution must be taken so as not to take too much green cover off at once.
Important points for mowing TifTuf:
- Ensure that mower blades are sharp to prevent tearing of the leaf;
- Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf canopy at any one time unless dethatching;
- Mowing frequency can be reduced with controlled irrigation and fertiliser inputs;
- TifTuf can be mowed at a height between 36mm and 9mm in home lawns. Below 25mm is recommended for best appearance;
- If excess scalping occurs, increase mowing height and allow leaf to regrow to desired level;
- If needed, dethatch in early spring for best results.
TifTuf being the low maintenance lawn that it is, does not require much fertiliser. We recommend you apply fertiliser at a 1/4 of the usual recommended rate. We know it seems strange but TifTuf really is a unique low maintenance law that thrives in harsh conditions. Too much love will end up killing your lawn with kindness.
If you do get lawn pests such as the dreaded lawn grub or curl grub you need to get onto this immediately. The easiest way to rid yourself of these is to use our Lawn Grub & Beetle Killer granules specifically formulated for the control of lawn grubs, beetles, ants, earwigs, millipedes, mole crickets and slaters. It is safe to use on lawn or in garden beds.
Alternatively, you can use Lawn Lovers Grub Guard 2L. This premium pest control for lawns has an easy spray-on applicator that means you don’t need to handle any granulated chemicals or poisons or endanger breathing in any residue dusts.
We believe that prevention is always better than a cure. If your lawn is kept healthy the weeds will struggle to establish. OxaFert is a brand-new product on the market that prevents weed seeds from germinating. Please remember this product is also a fertiliser and will need to be applied at a lower rate then what is recommended on the packaging.
If weeds do take hold, including bindi, clover, cudweed or thistles, we recommend using All Purpose Weed Control to rid yourself of them.
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