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Few pest problems and disease issues is key factor for many people when choosing a sod. Tifgreen is highly resistant to common disease problems. The appearance of brown spots may be a result of a watering problem. If brown spots remain after adjusting your watering routine, a disease may be present. Consult your local garden center as soon as possible.
Keeping the height at 3/8 “to 3/4″ is best for Tifgreen Bermuda grass. Keeping your Tifgreen lawn taller than 1″ will make it stringier and spongy. Watering is best adjusted to each site, but a rule of thumb to begin with would be watering your Tifgreen lawn 4 days a week with .5 inches of water!
Fertilize in six to ten week intervals from March to September. No fertilization is required during dormancy. Use an all-purpose fertilizer, and follow label directions.
Mow seven days after installation. Mow to a height of 3/8 to 3/4 inches. Tifgreen should be mowed at least once a week during the warm season. You will not need to mow when your sod is dormant. Never mow more than one third of the blade at one time; it may injure the plant.
For the first 20 days, water as needed to keep the topsoil moist to a 3-inch depth. After 20 days, water three or more times a week during warm weather. In cooler weather, water once or twice a week. Sandy soil requires more frequent watering than clay soil. Inland areas require more water than coastal areas. Special attention should be paid to slopes and mounds where runoff occurs. More frequent, shorter watering may be necessary.
After your new sod has been established at least four weeks, you may begin pesticide application for insect control, if necessary. Because pest and weed conditions vary from area to area, it is best to follow the recommendations of your local garden center or the extension specialist for your area.
To minimize thatch, dethatch at least once every two years. It may be done as often as once a year. The preferable time to dethatch is in the spring.