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TifBlair® is the product of over twenty-five years of research and genetic engineering by the University of Georgia’s internationally recognized turfgrass breeding program at Tifton, Georgia. Led by world-renowned USDA/ARS geneticist Dr. Wayne Hanna, TifBlair® was developed to provide the landscape industry with a superior cold tolerant centipede with a patented pedigree that would extend the use of centipede farther north into the transition zone.

The University of Georgia began recurrently irradiating commercial common centipede with gamma radiation starting in 1977. They conducted four cycles of recurrent radiation to introduce more genetic variation.

Screening of genetic variants began in 1981 in the mountains of Blairsville, Georgia where previous screenings of bermudagrass had taken place for cold hardiness. In the spring of 1982 only 30% of the plants survived a low of – 9°F and in 1984 – 85 a limited number of plants survived -18°F. These surviving plants became the basis for producing seed that would ultimately become TifBlair®.

With a known pedigree, TifBlair® is easy to maintain, it can be mowed infrequently without scalping, requires les fertilizer and lime and even prefers acidic soil types. Perhaps most fascinating, TifBlair® exhibits allelopathic characteristics. This meaning it acts as though it actually produces its own herbicide, choking out competing weeds.

In addition, TifBlair® produces statistically more total stolons, more longer stolons, more leaves per longest stolon, more stolons per plant, and more stolons greater than 5cm per plant than common centipede. These many value added characteristics lead to TifBlair® providing the homeowner with a much more appealing and dense turf cover.

TifBlair® Characteristics

  • The first and only Certified Centipede
  • Slow growing
  • Minimal fertility requirements
  • Performs well in acid soils
  • Greater cold tolerance than all other centipede varieties and St. Augustine
  • Late season color retention
  • Produces more stolons & more leaves
  • Deep rooting
  • Can only be produced as Certified

Cultural Practices

  • Suggested mowing height 2″
  • Apply approximately 1″ of water per week
  • Apply between 1 – 2 pounds of nitrogen (N) per 1,000 square feet annually, during growing season
  • Only herbicides labeled for use on centipede should be applied

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