TifGrand™An internationally recognized turfgrass researcher from the University of Georgia has developed a new Bermuda grass that thrives in sun and produces healthy turf in areas with less than half the light normally required for other Bermuda grass.
The new grass, licensed by the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., to New Concept Turf, will soon be available to homeowners for planting lawns; to developers for recreational facilities, sports complexes and golf courses; and to urban area landscapers.
TifGrand™ was developed by Dr. Wayne Hanna, professor of plant breeding and genetics in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
UsesHome Lawns - Commercial Landscapes - Parks & Rec - Golf Courses - Sports Fields
Shade Tolerance“Although TifGrand™ produces a beautiful turf in full sun, its major contribution will be the production of nice turf in areas with reduced light -- up to 60 percent less light than is normally required for healthy Bermuda grass growth,” Hanna said.
TifGrand™ performs well where the shade is not more than 70%. If shade presence is greater than 70% shade, TifGrand™ will maintain a turf, but it will thin out as the shade increases. At 95% shade, TifGrand™ will rate a 3-4 on a scale of 1-9 where 9 is best. TifWay and TifSport will not even grow at 95% shade conditions. Moreover, a rating of 3-4 is enough to keep the soil from eroding, which is a desirable feature in addition to the aesthetic features seen in this cultivar.