TifTuf Maintenance Guide

Looking for some helpful TifTuf maintenance advice? Look no further! With a fine leaf blade and dense growth, TifTuf is ideal for a wide variety of applications, and perfect for Australian backyards. From this, here our new advice regarding TifTuf and maintenance to get the best results from this fantastic new lawn.

Before installation

The biggest takeaway from the updated research is that TifTuf is a prolific grower. Our TifTuf maintenance advice is if you do wish to use a starter fertiliser before you lay TifTuf only give it a very light sprinkle at ¼ rate. This is because extra nitrogen will encourage too much leaf growth at a time that root growth is a priority.

If you want to use a pre-emergent herbicide it is safe to use, another option is Oxafert as its nitrogen levels are low which we stock at our office in Acacia Ridge. Oxafert is best to use in two windows; between March and May as well as between September and November, coving up to 150m2. If you need help or advice on installing your new lawn check out our installation guide here.

During establishment

While it is clear that TifTuf uses very little water after establishment (38% than similar varieties) it still needs water during establishment. Like all turf, the leaf must be kept continually moist throughout establishment period. During hotter periods we recommend giving your new turf a deep watering. We suggest the following schedule:

  • Weeks 1 & 2: Water deeply 1-2 times daily.
  • Weeks 3 & 4: Water deeply every second day.
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Water deeply twice a week.
  • Week 7 onwards: Water deeply regularly.

A new and vital piece of TifTuf maintenance advice out of the new research is to mow early. We have been advised it is critical that customers mow 1-2 weeks after installation. As always ensure that the turf has taken root before mowing, you do this by trying to lift the corner of a slab. Mowing is required on a weekly interval. Regularly mowing TifTuf will prevent scalping issues and avoid extra maintenance.

Regular care

Ongoing TifTuf maintenance is fairly simple thanks to its low input usage. The only thing to keep on top of is the length of the leaf. Mowing may be required on a weekly interval, especially through strong growing months like January and February. It is suggested that TifTuf should be mown at a cutting height of 20-40mm. While TifTuf is perfect for water restrictions, it is very drought tolerant and is highly wear tolerant. Regular watering will keep it looking its best, especially during the summer season.

While TifTuf is proving to use a lot less fertiliser, for the healthiest lawn it is still suggested to fertilise 3 times a year. We suggest it is best to fertilise in early spring, summer and autumn. The big key is to only apply fertiliser at a ¼ rate as too much nitrogen will create too much leaf growth. If you prefer organic fertilisers it is recommended to only use liquid fertilisers or a composted organic product.

How TifTurf performances in the shade

Yes it does! Our bonus TifTuf maintenance tip is some more information about why TifTuf is able to perform far better in the shade. New research is showing that TifTuf needs 50% less sunlight than similar grasses.

BUT HOW!!! Is what we hear the most about this statement. It is well known respected shade grasses like buffalo grass relies on the surface area to create more photosynthesis from the available sunlight. This leads to questions of ‘how can a fine leaf grass like TifTuf perform in the shade’.

The answer is that TifTuf produces greater amounts of Gibberellic Acid than all other Bermuda varieties. Gibberellic Acid is what plants use for photosynthesis, so the more Gibberellic Acid a plant has the less light it needs to grow. This creates another advantage as the higher amount of Gibberellic Acid giving it winter colour like no other Bermuda grass.

TifTuf receives Smart Approved WaterMark

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To get more advice on TifTuf maintenance or to order a new lawn call our team on (07) 3114 8281. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm. You can also download our TifTuf installation & maintenance guide.

For more great turf, tips keep an eye on our website and all our social media channels.



  1. Jeff Downes

    Hi there

    I recently layed tiff tiff turf in my backyard in late December

    When should I fertilise ?
    And what product is best for tiff tiff as a fertiliser and what quantity should I be using ?

    1. Shane Bridges

      If your lawn looks like it needs a boost you could fertilise it right now, you then want to next think about feeding leading into the winter.

      Any balanced slow-release fertiliser is great, just look at the NPK and make sure it isn’t just all nitrogen.

      The perfect fertiliser available in our store is Lawn Solutions Premium Fertiliser 10kg.

  2. I’ve cut my tif tuf grass too aggressively after being away for holidays, and it’s gone brown. What should I do now to get it healthy and green again? Will it come back?

    1. Shane Bridges

      Hi John,

      It will definitely come back. There is a great photo on our instagram account https://www.instagram.com/p/B7mLKXNJgzm/ where we show how we completely scalped our TifTuf display and it was completely green again in 11 days.

      When you do let your TifTuf get too long just make sure you scalp it all the way down so it can start fresh, dont just scalp it fairly long as you will then continually have problems.

      1. Hi,

        I had a similar issue after returning from a few weeks away. The Tiff Tuff was only recently established before then but not mowed (5 weeks in total now) but I mowed the overgrowth not to a heavy scalp at about 3.5 weeks. It’s not looking great (leaf coverage has reduced and looks more like stems) – would you recommend leaving it to grow long and then heavily scalping?

        1. Shane Bridges

          IF I read that correctly it was only installed 5 weeks ago, in that case you don’t want to aggressively scalp it just yet. TifTuf responds really well to scalping, but while it is still establishing you don’t want to do it. Fro now you want give it a feed with a balanced fertiliser to increase the plant health (less N, more P & K), and increase your mowing frequency. Mowing more regularly will encourage the lateral growth and help it fill in. Then in a few weeks time when it is more established and a little less stressed you can give it a more aggressive scalp.

  3. Hi

    I have layed my tiftuf about 8 weeks ago now have been cutting it every 5-6 days. But i am finding that i have areas where the grass isnt going as quick as other areas and it is uneven. How can i try to get it looking like golf course quality haha

    1. Shane Bridges

      Hi Paul,

      If you send some photos through via email our team can take a look and give you some advice.

  4. I let my TifTuf get too long, now when I mow it goes quite brown
    Should I scalp it all the way down and then fertilise to get it back to short and green?

    1. Shane Bridges

      You can definitely scalp it all the way back, TifTuf responds really well to regular scalping. We had the same issue with our display plots after some extended heavy rain when we couldn’t mow. It took 11 days to go from completely scalped to looking glorious again.

      You can see a photo of this on our instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B7mLKXNJgzm/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

      1. I’ve got the same issue over here In Perth. I went away to work in Alaska for 5 weeks and let it get a little long. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been training it and trying to bring it down slowly but not really having huge success, basically ive been using my rotary to bring it to a point i could start using my cylinder mower but it scalps its so quickly when i try to lower it just that bit…I know I should be leaving it higher atm but another problem was created while I was away at work. Due to the length of grass and not changing my retic settings(excessive water) along with no sunlight being able to penetrate towards the base of the grass stem ive got a huge area with a visible fungal disease I need to control asap…would you recommend scalping my Tiftuf back to remove the thatch and excess organic matter then lightly scarrifying it now…or is it too late now and leave the problem to be solved until mid/end of spring ??

        1. Shane Bridges

          Ground temperature will be key for if it is too late to scalp now. Here in Queensland with TifTuf’s growth rate it would still be fine, but you should speak to someone like Lawn Doctor to be sure.

  5. I have had my TiffTuf grass down now for 12 months – I didn’t follow the original advice of mowing early on or often but now I have a beautiful lush thick green lawn about 10cm long – survived the dry winter and now the humid hot summer all the time staying green. This grass is fabulous and I think it depends on the look you want – it adapts very nicely to all – and appears to date to be resistant to lawn grubs.

    1. Shane Bridges

      Great to hear Wendy! It took a lot of customers a while to get into the right mowing routine for their TifTuf, but when they did they saw amazing results. Definitely keep a good watch out for lawn grubs still, this current outbreak has been brutal for most lawn varieties and while it is great to hear your TifTuf is doing so well it would still pay to be vigilant.

  6. After a early spring Reno, my TifTuf has been let grow to high, I continue to cut 1/3 of it however it still remains brown underneath. I have a fairly large QTY of snapped off dead stems that lay on the top, realising it is probably to late in the year for another reno here in Brisbane, is there anyway to get it back?

    1. Shane Bridges

      With the growth rate of TifTuf you could still get away with a scalp and fertilise.

  7. Scott Bennett

    Hi, I have a similar problem, let the TifTuf get too long and without taking too much off, I have lots of brown. I’m on the Nsw central coast what should I be doing now?

    1. Shane Bridges

      Because the condition will be different to here in Queensland we would recommend you speak to an LSA Member on the Central Coast such as GreenLife Turf.

    2. Scott, I to had this problem and live in Newcastle. I scalped my tif tuff, against advice not and it has fixed my lawn in the back yard. I went from 6 inch growth to now 1inch growth of green grass strands. Look up scalping on how to do..

      1. Shane Bridges

        This is great feedback, we cant recommend scalping strongly enough. The scientist who developed TifTuf told us that in America the TifTuf owners have an annual cycle of scalping every single year. We have seen in our display area that scalping is the perfect reset button for TifTuf.

  8. I laid my tiftuf 9 days ago and it is looking fabulous! When is it safe to walk on?

    1. Shane Bridges

      The biggest risk to walking on your lawn in the early days/weeks is creating indents. While you are watering heavily through establishment the soil is very damp and prone to leaving large footprints. It is always best to keep foot traffic to a minimum until you have backed off the early watering.

      1. Hi Shane,

        Unfortunately I did something similar and have got some uneven areas including one where dug trench for irrigation, the soil has sunken a bit.

        These areas I see less growth. My tifftuff is 2 weeks old from laying out.

        how can I fix these indentation and bring back growth to those areas.

        Is it a good time to feed in some fertiliser as well.

        thanks, Rohit

        1. Hi Rohit,

          We would recommend using washed river sand to level up the areas required, it would also be a good idea to apply a slow release fertiliser at this time which will not only feed the plant and give it some nutrition but also help it grow through the sand layer.

          We trust this will get you back on track.

  9. Mark Wittison

    Hi I’ve layed the grass two weeks ago in a fairly shaded area due to the low winter sun in Melbourne, wondering when I should fertilise and cut?

    1. Shane Bridges

      You will know when you can mow by trying to lift a corner of one slap. When the roots have bonded with the soil below and you cannot lift a slab it is safe to mow.

      If you fertilised before or during installation you wont need to fertilize until spring. You could use something like Seasol to give your new lawn some extra nutrients to help cope with the cooler weather ahead.

  10. Hi,

    I layed tiftuf in in December and originally let it grow too long, around 6 weeks before mowing it. I use to mow it regularly afterwards at about 50mm however each time I’d mow it, it would be a mix of yellow/green/brown. More recently I’ve tried to bring it down to the 20mm length gradually however it is fairly brown in patches and doesn’t seem to be going green from the amount of watering I’ve been doing. I’m based in Sydney. Any tips? Thanks in advance.

    1. Shane Bridges

      It has been our experience in Brisbane that when TifTuf gets away from you then the answer is always to scalp. TifTuf responds so well to TifTuf for us that our test plot has been regularly scalped and every time it has worked as a soft reset for the lawn.

      1. Interested in the same thing of when to scalp in Brisbane and to what height? Should I fertilise before or after the scalp?

        And I’m planning on adding to top soil as well. Should I scalp then top soil at the same time?

        1. Shane Bridges

          Hey Matt, it depends on the weather, but it is looking like mid-September this year. We recommend dropping the mower blades as low as you can, and then fertilise afterwards.

  11. Glenn Powell

    What is the recommended watering rate on the Gold Coast? Is there a recommended mm per number of days?

    1. Shane Bridges

      We always say that a deep watering (10-20mm) per week is a great starting point. Watering too frequently encourages shallow root growth. Though in hotter periods you may need to consider a lighter water in some problem areas between deep soakings.

  12. My tif tuf was laid in Jan 2019 started and went really well. Drought kicked in from Sep – Jan 19/20 really hurt the lawn. Then big rains kicked in causing heaps of dandelions, clovers and other broad leaf weeds and caused a thick mud slab squashing out the grass. My tiff tiff carpet now looks destroyed and swampy.
    Can I recover the lawn or is it to far gone?

    1. Shane Bridges

      TifTuf is such a veracious grower that it should recover fine. We have seen some public spaces we installed TifTuf into go through a similar experience to your lawn. All they needed was some TLC and they came back to their beautiful self. So treat the weeds, mow regularly and your lawn will bounce right back.

      1. What do you recommend to get rid of weeds, clover and other grasses on tight tuf?
        I fertilised with the Lawn Solutions, made the grass bounce back but also heap more weeds and other grasses.

  13. My tiftuf has overgrown 30-40mm and just doesn’t look nice. I am thinking of scalping it back really low but should I wait until spring? It is end of winter. I’m loosing patience and don’t think I can wait till renovation time. Temps are reaching max 20-22degrees at the moment.

    Should I just do it??

    1. Shane Bridges

      You definitely want to wait until the weather warms up a little. Until those soil temps come up a little the TifTuf will be stressed and won’t respond as well as it will in a couple of weeks.

  14. I live in Texas. We had TifTuf put down around 2 weeks ago. I have watered but there are some spots that the grass turned a blueish gray color and then brown. I am not sure what I am doing wrong.

    1. Shane Bridges

      In Australia when we see the leaf turn silver it just needs more water. We would suggest increasing the frequency you are watering, as the new sod gets all of its moisture from the leaf not the roots.

  15. Hi team, I’ve had my TifTuf for around 15 months and after the recent army worm infestation in Brisbane before winter it hasn’t fully recovered. It was previously lush but I couldn’t bring it back before winter. It now has a ‘salt and pepper’ look to it whereas before there was no yellow or brown in sight. I’m thinking of combining a scalp with aeration and a dose of Powerfeed. Does this sound like the right move and how aggressive does the scalp need to be? The reason I’m asking is because I have an electric mower which isn’t too powerful so cutting super low successfully is tough. Thanks!

    1. Shane Bridges

      Hi James, just mow it as low as you comfortably can, and give it that feed right away to get it growing again.

  16. can I use kamber m on tiftuf to control broadleafs

    1. Shane Bridges

      Hi Larren, Kamba M is completely safe to use on TifTuf.

  17. Hi team, I installed TifTuf a few weeks ago, it’s taken root nicely (obviously the sunnier spots more so than the shadier spots), so I gave it its first mow.
    Despite my best efforts with a rotary hoe, then soil leveller and roller (and a spirit level!) to get the soil as flat as possible before laying, it’s got a few bumps & lumps – which means some valleys in some places and little mounds (maybe 10-20mm high) in others. That means I have almost scalped the mounds and barely mowed the valleys at all. I assume it’s too early to top-dress now, but should I topdress soon (e.g. early summer?), or hold off until Spring 2021? (and if so, presumably I’ll need to keep the lawn at 30-40mm this season to avoid continually scalping it?).

    1. We have the same issue, would love to hear the answer

      1. Shane Bridges

        In Brisbane you can topdress right through to the end of February, so no need to wait till Spring 2021.

        We really are blessed with a unique climate in SEQ.

    2. Shane Bridges

      Sorry we missed this one Leigh!

      In Brisbane you can topdress right through to the end of February, so no need to wait till Spring 2021.

      We really are blessed with a unique climate in SEQ.

  18. Hi team,
    Looking to install TifTuf in my backyard that gets ample sunlight in the summers but worried about the majority of gloomy, cloudy, wintery days in Melbourne. Would TifTuf grow very well in Melbourne weather?

    1. Shane Bridges

      We always recommend speaking to a local grower for more accurate advice.

      Head over to the Lawn Solutions Australia website to find the grower nearest to you.

  19. Question; Why do you say to not use foul manure for the fertilizer. Most top dressing from landscape yards have foul manure I have found?

    1. Shane Bridges

      That part of the blog post probably wasn’t worded the best, and I have now updated it. The main thing is you don’t want to use a lot of raw organic products, so if the top dressing contains a small percentage of manure then that won’t be a major concern.

  20. Hi, what is the best herbicide to use on Tiftuf for controlling winter grass? Based in Melbourne VIC. The grass came with winter grass in it , should i request some type of refund of is it part & parcel of buying instant turf?

    1. Shane Bridges

      You should speak to the turf farm who supplied you the turf to see if they will help in any way.

      There are selective herbicides that specifically target wintergrass. Amgrow Wintergrass Killer is one.

  21. Is TiffTurf dog friendly…or will I just end up with yellow/dead patches everywhere?

    1. Shane Bridges

      Dog urine can cause issues for all grasses, but TifTuf is great for dogs. In fact we have installed it in several dog off leash areas across Brisbane where is has proven to be a great success.

      1. Raffy Saccasan

        Hi we laid our Tifturf about two and a half months ago, watered as per instructions. I’m cutting it about 25mm but I have dead patches, (a lot). we have a dog as well and look really brown. am I cutting too high, do I need to water more. please help as I’m really down about the look of my grass.

        1. Shane Bridges

          There are 3 factors to consider; scalping, dry patches and lawn grubs.

          If you mow TifTuf too infrequently you will scalp sections and cause brown patches. This can be corrected by mowing more frequently.
          Lawns are made up of thousands of individual plants, so some areas of a lawn can require more water. This can lead to dry patches, which can be addressed by watering those areas more.
          Finally, lawn grubs will attack in an area causing patches, treating the area with lawn grub killer is the best way to address this.

          Our advice would be to start with the soapy bucket test to see if you have lawn grubs. (VIDEO LINK TO THIS PROCESS).

          If you don’t have lawn grubs the best course of action is to increase mowing and increase watering in those particular areas.

  22. Hi. I previously had lush tiftuf. It grew really well in all conditions. In late July, I top dressed my tiftuf but we then fled Melbourne for South Aus to be with our extended family. When I returned, the grass was full of weeds. What is a good herbicide to use? I’ve previously used weed n feed but that did more damage than good.

    1. Shane Bridges

      For broadleaf weeds and clover we recommend Amgrow Bin-Die

  23. David Floyd

    My TiffTuff is a few months old and is regularly mowed and watered twice weekly.
    Green on top but starting to brown at the surface.
    I’ve never fertilised it but thinking it needs top dressing.
    Recommendations on how thick the top dressing needs to be? I was crucified for applying too much to the previous Sir Walter. If I blow it again you may need to call 000

    1. Shane Bridges

      Is the brown in patches? Normally when we see scalped patches in TifTuf it is because the surface is uneven, and so top dressing is the perfect way to address that.

  24. I laid TiffTuff from Jimboomba about 3 months ago in Brisbane. Initially it was lush and green but now it is sparse and has bare/dead patches. It has been watered regularly and now it is raining frequently. I gave it a light topdressing a few weeks ago. Initially I delayed mowing and it grew quite long but now I am mowing more frequently. Will it start to spread? Should I do something about the mat of dead grass in between the green patches?

  25. abel velasco


    1. Hi Abel,
      Thanks for your message. So that our experts can give you the correct recommendations and solution to the issues you have raised, could you please send clear pictures of your lawn to info@jimboombaturf.com.au along with your contact details.

  26. Hey there. I got my TifTuf from you guys a few weeks ago and all was going great. To the point where it was the best-looking lawn I had ever seen, and so soft (I let it grow to about 3cm).

    However now with all the rain its starting to thin out a lot and I’m not sure what to do. Fertilise? I put slow release fertiliser on about a month after install. Scalp it and keep it shorter in future? Aerate? The lawn doesn’t get all day sun, only about 6 hours a day.

    1. Hi Ed,
      Thanks for your message. So that our experts can give you the correct recommendations and solution to the issues you have raised, could you please send clear pictures of your lawn to info@jimboombaturf.com.au along with your contact details.

  27. Hey guys, I had some tif tuf layed 3 months ago and it’s gone from nice and green and lush to brown and no leaves in like 4 days, I accidentally put buffalo lawn fertiliser on it 2 weeks ago and it was fine but last week I put some seasol on it as well, any tips on what I should do?
    We have had a lot of rain the last week where I live and it was quiet water logged but since it’s been sunny it’s like died so to speak

    1. Hi Glen,
      So that our experts can advise the correct solution, can you please send some clear pictures of your lawn and contact details to info@jimboombaturf.com.au. Once received, our experts will be in touch to discuss a resolution.

  28. Hey there,
    Layed tiftuf about 3 days ago, just wondering if it would be beneficial to apply seasol?

    1. Hi Blake,

      Yes, this is beneficial and highly recommended. This will assist with the establishment of your turf.

      1. May I know what type of seasol we should use. As bunnings has one for lawn (that looks like a fertiliser), another one called Complete Garden Health Treatment.
        By the way, I laid my Tiftuf for 2 and half weeks now.

        1. Hi Loophy,

          We would recommend using the one for Lawns, or you can use a product that wee sell called Lawn Kelper.
          Lawn Kelper Liquid Nutrient Package is a balanced formulation with the added additions of Trace Elements, Seaweed Kelp and Fulvic Acid.
          This formulation is designed specifically for turf/lawns to increase turf vigour and stimulate and strengthen roots and shoots. Ideal to use year round to keep your lawn looking dark green and healthy.

          • Apply to your lawn to supply a nutrient package to increase lawn health and leaf growth.
          • Organic kelp will stimulate roots and shoot growth.
          • Improves turf vigour and strength.
          • Strengthens turf resilience against disease and pest activity.
          • Nutrient rich to increase lawn health and leaf growth.
          • Ideal to use year round Improves turf vigour and strength
          • Keeps your lawn looking dark green and healthy
          NPK – 8-2-8 + 10% Kelp & 2% Fulvic Acid – Covers up to 1000m² – This product is safe to use around domestic animals.

  29. Hi Guys, I layer tif turf a year ago and I now have Kikuyu sprouting though and now more aggressive after a feed. Any way to remove the growth of kikuyu.

    1. Hi Mark,
      How to remove invasive grasses from your lawn

      Kikuyu and couch are the number one suspects when it comes to lawn invasion, they are fast growing and have fine seeds that can spread very easily. Kikuyu is more aggressive in nature than any other lawn variety, so it’s potential to take over is very high. Kikuyu spreads by both runners and by seed.
      Invasion can occur a number of different ways:
      • Your original lawn and soil not being sprayed out and killed off properly and re-emerging from seeds or runners.
      • Grass seeds that have travelled to your lawn by the wind, on pets, in bird droppings, on clothing or shoes, or from a neighbouring lawn.

      Occasionally these undesirables will invade, especially if your lawn hasn’t been well maintained. But it’s important not to confuse your weeds with your grasses. Weeds are generally soft round plants whereas unwanted grasses can include things like paspalum, kikuyu and couch, depending on what lawn variety you have.
      Unfortunately in most cases, many warm season grasses are unable to be selectively treated in other grasses. So there are no specific herbicides that can be recommended to blanket treat a lawn without harming the grass you intend to keep as well. But there are other ways to handle the infestation.

      Pull it out by hand
      If the invading area is only small the most effective way to remove an unwanted grass variety is to pull it out carefully by hand. You can also chip them out with a mattock or a garden spade. This method can be time consuming if the invading grass has spread considerably. But through regular hand weeding, ensuring you remove as much as possible and all of the roots, you should begin to get on top of the infestation. A healthy lawn should also help to thicken and choke out more emergence, so regular lawn care activities will also be important for success.
      Spray with a non-selective herbicide
      The only other way to remove kikuyu or couch from a buffalo, fescue, rye or bluegrass lawn is through the application of a non-selective herbicide like glyphosate (Round Up).
      By using a small paint brush or weed wand carefully brush the leaves of the invading grass. Please be aware that glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide and be careful to only touch the invading turf variety and not your lawn, as it will die also if it comes into contact with the herbicide. Invading grasses like kikuyu, tend to grower quicker and taller, so the best time isolate the grass is to do so when there is a little bit of length to the lawn. This may also allow for careful ‘wick wiping’ of the invading grass if there is extensive contamination across the whole lawn area.
      How to remove kikuyu in couch
      For a couch lawn that is suffering from an invasion of kikuyu, there are some selective herbicide options that will treat kikuyu but not the couch. There is a commercially available herbicide called Monument, which can be used to suppress Kikuyu from couch lawns. Monument Herbicide is the broadest spectrum selective post-emergence herbicide for turf. Monument is highly effective in controlling Poa annua, Ryegrass, Kikuyu, Sedges and a wide spectrum of broadleaf weeds.
      Monument Liquid Herbicide is safe to use on – Common Couch, Hybrid Couch, QLD Blue Couch and Zoysia – DO NOT USE on Kikuyu or Buffalo.

  30. Hi – I went away and let my tug tuff grow too tall. I mowed it and It’s now completely brown. I’m in Sydney, what should I do? Scalp then fertilise? I’m watering deeply twice a day as well? Thanks

    1. Hi Justin,

      We suggest you apply the following procedures to revigorated your TifTuf Bermuda Grass. (please read instructions of each of the individual products and apply as recommended – both products are available from Bunnings)

      1. Seasol Super Soil wetter
      2. Follow up with Scott’s Lawn Builder – water in each day min. 25mm for a week
      3. Post maintenance watering is Required – With each application we would recommend deep watering
      4. Make sure your blade on your mower is sharp
      It is important that your lawn receives good deep watering – also read your property if it looks drier in one area – it maybe draining quicker…read your lawn it will tell you what it needs.

      Important ongoing maintenance, regular cutting at the one desired height – i.e. keep cutting at the same height each cut.
      We are positive this will assist you with your issues and get you back enjoying your TifTuf.

  31. My TifTuf has browned right off in one big patch 3m square and brownish under the leaf across the rest of the turf area. Initially, though it could have been the hot spell and not enough water, but have been watering it well the last 10 days plus supplemented with regular rain and no improvement. Could this be a pest issue?

    1. Hi Mark,

      Many thanks for reaching out, could you please send some photos and your best contact number to info@jimboombaturf.com.au? Our experts will need to see photos to diagnose what is causing this issue and in turn provide the best solution to get your TifTuf back on track. If you have any queries, please call our friendly team on 07 3273 1166.

    2. Hi team,

      I’m looking to lay TifTuf in my new build, but due to some delays we won’t be handing over til May/June. I’ve read mixed reports of being able to lay turf in winter and wanted to know your thoughts on the topic.

      It will be layed in SA, in a backyard with near to zero shade throughout the day. I understand it will be dormant till the weather warms up a bit, but is there anything I can do to producer a healthier lawn that still roots well in the cooler months?


      1. Hi Mark,
        Our advise would be to get in contact with Sunnyside Instant Lawns as they will know the region much better than us in Queensland.

        Sales Phone : 08 8752 0908
        Head Office Phone : 08 8752 0908
        Email: sales@sunnysideinstantlawn.com.au
        Sunnyside Instant Lawns
        362 Pegeon Flat Road

  32. Hi, layed TifTuf 2 weeks ago in Ballarat, Victoria. It established very fast and mowed it a week after laying. I will mow it again in the coming days. When I look at the lawn the join lines are still very visible. Also a few bumpy bits from my awesome 5 year old not really understanding the meaning of “Get off the grass” (something my Dad use to say to my hippy sister) anyway, will these join lines eventually disappear over time? And topdressing with sandy loam the best to level out the lawn? Can that topdressing be done now early Autumn or should I now wait until end September when the weather will warm up again? Thanks

    1. Hi Leigh,

      Many thanks for your comment, we would recommend following.

      The join lines will slowly disappear with frequent mowing, they will disappear as you continue to get lateral growth.

      A well cared for, freshly mown lawn not only looks awesome, it’s also great to walk and play on. Anyone can achieve it. The right length of grass is critical to its health and weed minimisation. For TifTuf we would recommend mowing at 5 to 30mm (rule of thumb: Shorter for summer, longer for winter), subject to the type of lawnmower.

      Regularly mow your lawn to promote lateral growth. This will allow more of the sun’s rays to get amongst the leaf. Never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade off your lawn at any one time. If your lawn has become a little out of control, take it down over several mows.

      Mowing in different directions will not only minimise mownotony but will contribute to a healthy lawn by encouraging the individual blades to grow straight, which will provide more space for new blades, giving you a thicker lawn.
      Always wait until the lawn has dried out after rain or irrigation before mowing. This can damage the leaf blades as they will tear rather than cut, leaving an uneven edge.

      To get a beautiful cut, it’s important to keep your mower blades in peak condition. You can drop your mower in to a service centre, or you can do the maintenance yourself.
      Leave the Leaf Blade a Little Longer in Shade and when Water is Scarce

      You can maximise your lawn’s health in the shade by raising your mower a notch or two when you get to the shaded areas. This gives the lawn a great surface to absorb what sunlight is available to it.
      Keeping your lawn on the longer side will also reduce stress on the lawn during the hotter months. Doing this will keep the temperature of the soil cooled, reducing evaporation and keeping moisture at the roots of your grass, right where it needs to be.

      Keeping a Level Lawn
      With references to the bumpy surface – may we suggest giving the surface a re-roll. This will only work as long as there is plenty of moisture in the subsoil and you need to use a heavy Waterfield roller or a pedestrian roller to generate any affect.
      If you have lumps or depressions in your lawn, it can be a good idea to top dress your lawn. During the active growing season is the best time.

      How does top dressing help a lawn?
      Top dressing brings many benefits to a lawn that is looking a little lacklustre, including helping to reduce the accumulation of dead grass clippings and stems, known as ‘thatch’. It helps to increase nutrient retention, improves drainage, and increases disease and pest resistance.
      Just remember only to use Washed Sand as your topdressing material.

      When is the right time to top dress your lawn?
      Should only be done during the growing season (this is when you need to mow your lawn weekly) and the earlier in the season the better. Generally early spring to early summer is best to top-dress your Lawn.

      We hope this was helpful.

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