WHAT MAKES TAHOMA 31 SO MUCH BETTER?
Tahoma 31 was purpose-bred from a cross between a Green Couch, found in the Himalaya, and a South African Couch. It
was selected from tens of thousands of trial plants, made to push boundaries and to offer qualities rarely seen in the one grass. It was bred for the cold winters in the north of the USA, to survive droughts and be at its best when cut short.
Trials over years proofed,what Tahoma 31 was bred for.It is drought-,shade- and wear-tolerance-equal or better than other bermuda- or couchgrasses on the market. It offers superior early spring greenup,freeze tolerance, climate adaptability and salt tolerance. And with all that it also presents a beautiful and hardy surface that is soft underfoot and less susceptible to disease and insect attack.
Because it recovers extremely quickly from divotting and wear and makes for an ideal surface in high-demand sports turf,
golf and home lawn scenarios. Several Stadiums all over the word are using it already.
WHAT THE RESEARCH PROVES
Tahoma 31 was part of several turf trials. One of the biggest was the from the National Turf Evaluation Program (NETP) and compared different bermudagrasses over 5 years in 20 locations in the USA. All trials proofed what Tahoma 31 has been made for:
High drought tolerance means that Tahoma 31° requires infrequent watering to stay in good to excellent-condition.Tahoma 31 consistently ranks in the lowest Evapotranspiration (ET or water-use) group in turf trials* with far less water-use than other similar types.
In tests that measured evapotranspiration rates (mmd-1) under non-limiting soil moisture conditions in Oklahoma (Amgain et al., 2018), Tahoma 31 fared best overall using 18% less water than the next hybrid variety.
Tahoma 31 was rated #1 in trials for turf quality among major commercially available bermudagrass cultivars in up to 63% shade.
Sunlight Requirements: Tahoma 31 performs well from full sun through to heavy dappled tree shade (up to 80% reduction in sunlight for periods).
Tahoma 31 tolerates up to 63% shade where, in studies it has been tested in partial shade for about 6 hours a day, from 10am to 4pm using a 50% shade cloth. It still requires some direct sunlight to establish a healthy, dense turf sward.
A durable, hard-wearing yet attractive-looking lawn makes Tahoma 31 the perfect choice for large landscape or commercial areas where a combination of durability and functionality are required. Sportsfield and golf locations are repeatedly reporting higher wear, less divotting and faster repair than similar turf varieties which offers significant savings in maintenance and a more attractive surface.
Tahoma 31 rated number one ranking under traffic in NTEP National bermudagrass Trials at Knoxville, TN, where it exhibited excellent traffic tolerance compared to all other bermudagrass cultivars tested.
Early spring greenup
Tahoma 31’s early spring green-up reflects its superior winter hardiness. It goes dormant in winter and in Australia it has been observed to not lose much colour from Northern NSW, through much of Queensland and the tropics. In more Southern locations, however, with temperatures approaching freezing it will go quite dormant which offers a protection method unmatched for winterkill survivability by other warm-season grasses.
In NTEP trials from 2013 – 2017, Tahoma 31 ranked at the top spot for early spring green-up among all vegetative bermudagrass cultivars tested in 17 states.
Tahoma 31 had the lowest winterkill rates of all bermudagrasses tested in NTEP.
Mean scores in two states where winter survivability was measured, Indiana and Kentucky, confirmed Tahoma 31’s top status. By the end of the NTEP study, Tahoma 31 was rated with by far the greatest winter survivability, at only 4% winter kill.
In a recent peer-reviewed study, Tahoma 31 was rated the most cold tolerant of all bermudagrasses tested, and is now recognised as the standard by which all other bermudagrasses are measured.
In bermudagrass NTEP Trials, Tahoma 31 was tested in 19 locations across the United States and its turfgrass quality, an indication of adaptation, ranked in the top 25% of all varieties an incredible 78.5% of the time.
Many Bermuda or Couch grasses struggle in their adaptability to differing climate scenarios. Some become too open in their habit and may not provide much density, whilst others can become difficult to manage with sometimes extreme thatch or vertical growth.
Tahoma 31 by comparison performs much the same with a tight, fine-leafed and deep-green surface from hot and humid tropical locations through to cooler temperate regions. It does lose colour in dormancy in cooler climates but bounces back extremely fast in spring. Tahoma 31 had the lowest winterkill rates of all bermudagrasses tested in NTEP.
Among the 10 experimental grasses and one older cultivar (Tifway) tested, Tahoma 31 ranked #1 when tested for salinity response.
In bermudagrass NTEP Trials, Tahoma 31 was tested in 20 locations across the United States and its turfgrass quality, an indication of adaptation, ranked in the top 25% of all varieties an incredible 78.5% of the time.