Tri-Tex Grass offers four distinct Bermuda hybrid varieties each with its own unique qualities. Historically, Bermuda grass has been a full sun only option, but even that has changed with the release of TifTuf Bermuda as hybrid Bermudas continue to be a focus of scientific improvement. All the Bermudas are vigorous growers and have both excellent traffic tolerance and recovery making them great for kids and pets. Like Zoysia, up front costs are higher, but you’ll save money in the long haul with reduced water bills.
This new Bermuda hybrid shows a significant improvement in drought tolerance and reduced water usage over any Bermuda. TifTuf used 38% less water than its well-known cousin, Tifway 419, thereby potentially paying for itself in as little as 1.7 years. Unlike Zoysia, it stays green under drought stress. It also stands up to heavy traffic and recovers quickly from damage. In addition to its superior drought tolerance, what sets TifTuf apart from the other Bermudas is its shade tolerance. TifTuf has been shown to do well with as little as 25% of the light it would experience in full sun making it a viable choice for yards that have both full sun and dappled light. It can also live beneath mature trees whose roots normally leave the surrounding area dry. TifTuf is a deep green color with a fine leaf blade. A mow height of 1/2 to 2 inches is best.
For additional detail on TifTuf, please read the blog post “TifTuf™ Bermuda. Does it Live Up to the Hype?”
Tifway 419 Bermuda
With a nearly 60-year history behind it, Tifway 419 Bermuda is a dependable turf grass. It provides a beautiful, deep grayish green carpet made of medium fine leaf blades. As the most popular hybrid Bermuda turf in the South for golf and sports field use, it’s proven it can take a beating and recover rapidly from the abuse. When fully established, Tifway 419 has excellent drought and heat tolerance. It does prefer full sun and has little shade tolerance. You can also expect it to stay green longer than other Bermudas under stress (only TifTuf beats it). A mow height of 1/2 to 2 inches is recommended. For peak performance, you do need to fertilize Tifway 419 and it’s helpful to provide some weed control.
For additional information on Tifway 419, please read the blog post “Tifway 419 Bermuda: An Established Winner.”
Tif Eagle Bermuda
Golfers will be familiar with this hybrid Bermuda even if you don’t recognize the name. Tif Eagle is the grass of choice for courses in the South. Very fine blades stand erect and can be cut to a height of as little as 1/8 inch. Looking to create your own personal putting green at home? Tif Eagle is the perfect choice.
The deep root system of the Midiron makes it the most cold tolerant of the hybrid Bermudas we offer. That deep root system also makes it a great choice for sloped areas where erosion control may be needed. Its beautiful blue-green color is coupled with a medium coarse leaf that feels great under your bare feet. Recommended mow height is 1 to 2-1/2 inches, but can be as low as a 1/2 inch. Like most Bermudas, its shade tolerance is poor. Midiron is actually the most popular variety used in Arizona where drought tolerance is also a necessity. It’s resilient under heavy traffic and quick to recover and has low maintenance requirements. It does well in sand, loam and clay soils.