Why Pick Tifway 419 Bermuda grass

Why You Should Choose Tifway 419 Bermuda grass for Your Next Houston Area Grass Project

Call 281-431-7441.  Do you need a great looking grass with a tolerance for traffic?  Do you have an area that gets lots of sun?  Then Tifway 419 Bermuda grass might be the ideal grass sod for your project!  In this video, Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine talks about Tifway 419 Bermuda grass.

Summary of Why Choose Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass.

We’re in our sample plots at Houston Grass in the Bermuda grasses. We talked a little bit about the TexTurf 10 and compared it to common Bermuda. Now, we’re over here in the finer bladed Bermuda, which is the Tifway 419. They use the Tifway 419 on sports fields, and they also use it on golf courses. Sometimes it’s on the tee boxes, mowed real short or it’s out in the fairways, where there’s not much shade, which is a problem I’ll talk about in a minute with the Bermuda grasses. But the Tifway 419 is a real fine bladed turfgrass, very dense and it feels almost like carpet. When you walk in it, you kind of leave a footprint.

Why Pick Tifway 419 Bermudagrass
Why Pick Tifway 419 Bermudagrass

The difference in the way it’s kept in a home lawn situation versus a golf course though is that on a golf course, it looks like carpet because they mow it every day or every other day with a reel mower as opposed to the traditional rotary mower that is what most lawn services and what most home owners have. The reel mower are the kind of mowers, they turn around in a circle like this and have multiple blades on them and you can mow grass real short with those and it does a real good job. The thing is, you can’t cut off very much, so you’re mowing every day or every other day, which is just normally not feasible for home owners.

One of the greatest attributes of this grass and the reason they do use it on golf courses is that it recuperates from damage fast. So the divots on the golf course and cleat marks on the football field or soccer field are repaired relatively quickly with Tifway 419. It has great traffic tolerance and it grows back real fast. That’s why our customers use it in those projects.

Mowing Requirements

One thing to note about the Tifway 419 is only the top third of the leaf is green. So it’s really important with Tifway 419 that you mow at least every seven days, if not every four or five days. With Tifway 419 however, the only way it’s ever going to look nice in your lawn is if you’re mowing it every four or five days because it’s almost inevitable that if you wait seven days, what you cut off, you’re left with some brown stems and it’s not only aesthetically not very pleasing to look out there and see, it looks like dead grass.

If you do happen to do that, with a good watering afterwards, the grass will be fine but it’s fairly stressful to the grass to do that. So, again, this one, it may be a little bit higher maintenance for that reason. We’ve seen with the homeowners that get Tifway 419, the best look that you’re going to have with it is mowing every four to five days.

2nd time buying from Houston Grass, great product and service. Ordered pallet yesterday which was delivered just after 8am today. Highly recommend Michael and Houston Grass.

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Tifway 419 Needs Full Sun

Tifway 419 is a Bermuda grass, so it should be noted that it has zero shade tolerance. It will not tolerate any shade at all. If you’re planting it next to a two story house or between two tall houses or where two fences intersect, this is not the grass for your project. If you’re planting little trees now but those little trees are going to become big trees in the future, this is probably going to thin out and die over time due to that shade. Like I said, wide open space is the best place for any Bermuda grass.

Watering and Fertilization Requirements

Like the rest of the Bermuda grasses, it does have a good drought tolerance. That’s one of the positive attributes to all the Bermuda grasses.

However to make it look its best it needs one inch of water per week. If it’s not falling out of the sky, you’ve got to water it.

If it’s a hose, you water about two hours, twice a week. That’s two half inch waterings and that is usually ample. Even if you have an irrigation system, I have found that, in my home you set each zone to go off twice a week, like Saturday or Wednesday and about 15 to 20 minutes per zone is usually ample.

With the St. Augustine and Zoysia, you can get by with two to three fertilizations per year. However with the Bermuda grasses, you really need to almost double that. You need probably four to six fertilizations per year for it to be the greenest and the nicest that it can be.

Herbicides and Bermuda Grass

Just like the other Bermuda grasses, weeds can be an issue with the Tifway 419 Bermuda grass. It’s not quite as thick and dense as the Zoysia and the St. Augustine, so it doesn’t do as well shading out those weed seeds. I recommend putting out a pre-emergent herbicide as the best way to combat those weeds. You put out that pre-emergent herbicide and it creates a barrier and the weeds never get going.

However, like the TexTurf, you don’t want to put any herbicide out the first year after planting the grass, because it stunts the growth of your new grass that you put down. The only way to fight the weeds that first year after you put out the new grass is to mow twice a week. That keeps the weeds out of sight anyway, and then you can start with a pre-emergent program.

Tifway 419 is a great grass if you’re willing to mow that twice a week and if you don’t have much shade. If you don’t like the coarseness of some of the St. Augustines, Tifway 419 may be a good alternative for your lawn.

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Call us at 281-431-7441 for a quote for your project or answers to your questions.

Come by our office to “barefoot test” our grass varieties before you buy — it’s located in Arcola on McKeever Road, just off Highway 6 and just a few miles east of Sienna Plantation. Call us at 281-431-7441 today!

Houston Grass delivers quality second to none in the Houston area. We get our grass sod from our family farm in Bay City, TX, where we’ve been in the grass business since 1981.

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