LESS IS MORE
When it comes to maintenance for Tahoma 31Ⓡ. Lawn fanatics and turf managers of some of Australia’s largest stadiums know it already – Tahoma 31 is unbelievable. As it very tolerant to any kind of weather, amazing coloured and doesn’t require the same sort of maintenance as other bermudagrasses in Australia. But of course you have to do a bit to take care of you Tahoma lawn.
Here are some Pro-tips from us:
During the growing season, mow your lawn maximum once a week. And avoid scalping/scarifying after mid-summer and consider in late spring – have a look first if you need to do it at all, we certainly haven’t seen the thatch that other bermudagrasses are displaying – it’s actually quite amazing.
Tahoma 31 recovers well after scalping but try to remove a third of the leaf at a time only – new growth can mow again – the reason being that when too much leaf is taken it needs to take energy out of storage and can weaken the root system.We recommend a slightly longer length for the cooler months. Lift mower height in autumn. Mow every now and then (just the tips) over winter to keep tidy and to boost the colour.
Tahoma 31 Bermuda is a hardy lawn that is less prone to getting nasty pests damaging it, but we always recommend keeping an eye out for signs of pests and treating them immediately. A common lawn grub that might cause significant damage to bermudagrasses is the Couch Mite. If your lawn starts to go off colour and “witches brooming” treat it with Mitacide and it’ll be fine in no time.
Keep an eye out for Army Worm, the little green caterpillars that come out at night and eat the leaf of your lawn, leaving you with brown patchy sections (almost like you have scalped the lawn). They only attach to healthy lawns and are most common from December through to May. Don’t stress, treat immediately with a grub insecticide to help control any infestations. Tahoma 31 is amazing and will return quickly if there is any pest damage.
We recommend fertilising your lawn, as well as using a range of fertilisers, such as organics, NPK-based, natural and liquid fertilisers to ensure you cover all the needs of your lawn. But be aware that every season has its own challenges, so make sure to give your lawn all the vital nutrients it needs in that particular situation. Rule of thumbs:
SPRING/SUMMER: Fertilise on occasion (very 6 weeks) with synthetic high NPK fertiliser. And use an organic dusting dynamic lifter or equivalent once/twice per growing season.
LIGHTER COLOUR: Use iron/manganese foliar, if deeper colour required – mow less.
LOWER LAWN HEIGHT:PGR (primo or similar) will tighten sward, allow lower mowing and will help in the shade.
Tahoma 31 Bermuda has a unique spreading pattern preventing any weeds from germinating; so it’s basically acting as a natural weed matt. However, occasionally you might get a few stubborn weeds pop up and we always recommend keeping an eye out for this and controlling the issue early to avoid lawn invasion, especially in Autumn and Winter when your lawn is dormant.
Tahoma 31 bermudagrass requires up to 18% less water than most other bermuda or couch varieties. Once established, we recommend watering less frequently, but heavier soakings to encourage a deep root structure.