Looking for the typical low-maintenance attributes of centipedegrass, but need a variety with more cold tolerance than the common type? TifBlair was engineered for just that reason — to extend its growth range up into the middle and eastern areas of Virginia.
TifBlair’s slow vertical growth means less mowing; its thick lateral growth crowds out most weeds; and it requires very little fertilizer. Plus, its deeper root system makes it more cold and drought tolerant than common centipede, and it holds its color longer in the fall.
Reduced inputs, plus numerous natural strengths, make TifBlair the environmentally friendly, easy-care choice. It’s a win-win for everyone.
TifBlair centipedegrass is a warm-season variety suited for Hardiness Zones 7B, 8A and 8B.
Attributes and Benefits
- Certified variety = consistent color and texture.
- Improved cold tolerance = can be grown in Zone 7.
- Tolerant of poor, acidic soils = needs little nitrogen or lime.
- Medium-width, soft leaf blade = easily mowed with rotary mower.
- Stolons only = easily edged around borders.
- Sunlight Requirement: Best performance with at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day.
- Mowing: Best maintained at 1.5” to 2.5” (rotary mower).
- Fertility: Recommended 0.5 to 1.5 lbs. N/1,000 ft2/year (best at 0.5 to 1 lb., as over-fertilization contributes to thatch development and disease problems). Thrives in acidic soil with a 5.5 pH level.
- Weed Control: All herbicides labeled for use on centipedegrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s TifBlair centipedegrass. Always follow label instructions for herbicides.
- Disease Control: Centipedegrass is not susceptible to most common turgrass diseases. Always follow label instructions for fungicides.
- Landscape — low-maintenance lawns and commercial landscapes.
- Public parks.
- Highway rights-of-way.
Released in 2001, TifBlair centipedegrass was developed by renowned turfgrass researcher and geneticist Dr. Wayne Hanna at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Georgia.
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