Buy Sod, North Georgia Turf, and Super-Sod are pleased to present the game-changing drought-tolerant Bermudagrass TIFTUF for customers in the Southeast. This turf grass has been observed and tested by the University of Georgia since 1992 and was made available for sale in 2015. Multiple tests against other Bermudagrass varieties have shown that TIFTUF is superior in drought tolerance, has early spring green up, stays green later into the fall months and is traffic tolerant, among other impressive characteristics. This dark green turfgrass has a fine texture and matches the standard Tifway 419 Bermuda until there’s a drought. As UGA turfgrass researcher Brian Schwartz is about to explain, TIFTUF is drought tolerant. As the drought continued the moisture in the soil underneath our TIFTUF plots remained for longer and you could see it dramatically on top as the Tifway and TifSport plots became dormant with drought, the TIFTUF plots did not. They remained, and it was a direct correlation to the moisture level in the soil and it was really an exciting kind of discovery because this is a great type of drought tolerance. If it goes brown that’s ok, but we would like a grass that stays green for longer and can save water, and not just save a little water. Our results found that we could save up to thirty eight percent more water than a variety such as Tifway and if you expand that on a city or a state or even the South that’s a huge amount of water savings. TIFTUF holds up under traffic or wear and tear better than other typical Bermudagrasses. What exactly does this mean for your home? It means that if you have children and big dogs, TIFTUF will hold up under feet pounding on the lawn, having fun, being dogs and kids. Because it’s a Bermudagrass, it will quickly repair itself from any damage incurred while your family is enjoying their time on the lawn. Here’s how Brian Schwartz tested traffic tolerance. We copied a machine developed at Michigan State called the KD Traffic Simulator. We had cleats on the bottom of an aerifier and these springs and compression and cleats actually simulate the wear in between the hashes on a football field or around the goal box on a soccer field. And over years of research here on the Tifton Campus and our plots at the ABAC campus, we were able to impose wear on TIFTUF, on Celebration, on TifGrand, on Tifway, on Patriot and some others, and we were able to watch their wear as they decreased in turf quality over the season as you would expect with tremendous amount of traffic. But we also saw the recovery each weak, and it was these trials that led us to believe that not only is this a drought-tolerant grass, but TIFTUF is also wear-tolerant grass which is explained by the mechanisms that has when it’s well watered and when it’s fertilized, it can recover. Along with drought and traffic tolerance, studies reveal that TIFTUF greens up faster in the spring than other typical southern Bermudagrasses. While it looks good earlier, it also stays green later in the fall months and maintains visual appeal longer than standard Tifway. So with the data we were pulling out there was actually more questions and one of the biggest questions that people have is, “Well how will TIFTUF do in the shade?” So rather than start a formal trial with shade cloth, I wanted to know how they would do in the real world and to do that we picked a home lawn in 2013 that we could plant with big pine trees and with dogwoods. We bought light bars and we were able to measure the intensity of the sun over the entire day for several days out in the full sun and correlate that and relate that back to the intensity of the sun underneath these pine trees or underneath the dogwood. And the pine trees they allow sun in in the morning and in the evening, but you have heavy shade in the afternoon, so the light intensity underneath the dogwood tree is very low because it only really allows sunlight in the very early morning and in the late afternoon. And so we were able to maintain pretty good quality in most places. We were able to avoid the drought their roots cause and able to make energy even with the lower sunlight, and really that lawn was the start. That was where we really decided that “Hey, this has a good application for homeowners!” On top of drought tolerance,traffic tolerance, and shade resistance, TIFTUF is exhibiting exceptional transplanting success. In a short time, customers are seeing quick establishment on their sports fields, lawns, and recreation areas. Prior to release, we planted a lawn in Florida because it’s a different environment than we are and it can be shady and it’s real world. So we put a grass in Jacksonville, Florida. At the same time we also planted one in Atlanta, Georgia, on the red clay where it’s totally different than Tifton and watching the grass there do good in the sun, do good in the shade, it’s been comforting as the developers to know that it does do well out there in the real world under homeowner management. To answer our real questions about drought tolerance and TIFTUF, I think we had to get out of the Southeast, and so we put a lawn in Austin, Texas, on their limestone shelf in the hill country in a neighborhood where the builder mandates Tifway in the front lawn, and you can do whatever you want the back. And so this particular homeowner we put TIFTUF in the back lawn, and in the droughts of the last year or two, TIFTUF has shined over Tifway and really made us proud and the homeowner happy and he’s just asking us when can he replace his front lawn with TIFTUF. So it’s the results where we believe that other Bermudagrasses are going to go dormant in a drought, where TIFTUF will remain green and healthy and strong. That will make it a success not only in Georgia, not only in the Southeast, but hopefully the whole southern United States and even other parts of the world where it can be grown. And it’s the years and years of research where we’ve come to the conclusion that TIFTUF is more drought-tolerant than Tifway, than TifGrand, than Celebration, than Latitude 36. It greens up faster than many of the other Bermudagrasses. It goes dormant later to save our resources so that we can use water in other places