1362508248patriot_bermudaPatriot Bermuda is an exclusive grass for any yard because it is a medium-fine textured hybrid bermudagrass developed by Oklahoma State University turf research scientists. It is a dense, high performance turfgrass. Patriot offers excellent cold hardiness compared to other hybrid Bermuda grasses with overall high turf quality. Its appearance and quality is better than U-3 bermuda and is on par with the best commercial varieties such as Tifway 419, Tifsport, and Tifgreen.

Patriot bermuda grass is an exclusive grass for any yard because it is a medium-fine textured hybrid bermudagrass developed by  turf research scientists at Oklahoma State University. It is a dense, high performance turfgrass

 

Patriot bermuda grass offers excellent cold hardiness compared to other hybrid Bermuda grasses with overall high turf quality. Its appearance and quality is better than U-3 bermuda grass and is on par with the best commercial varieties such as Tifway 419, Tifsport, and Tifgreen. However; Patriot bermudagrass ranks higher in areas of:

 

  • Extremely vigorous growth
  • Wear tolerance
  • Rapid divot recovery
  • Early spring greenup
  • Freeze tolerance

 

About Patriot Bermuda Grass

 

Patriot bermudagrass was developed and released by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES), Oklahoma State University. It was tested as ‘OKC 18-4’. Patriot bermuda grass is a clonally propagated F1 hybrid from a cross of ‘Tifton 10’ (2n=6x=54 chromosomes) x ‘C. transvaalensis 5200 3-13’ (2n=2x=18 chromosomes).

 

Patriot bermuda grass has 2n=4x=35 chromosomes, presumably inheriting 27 chromosomes from Tifton 10 and 9 chromosomes from the C. Transvaalensis parent.

 

Though it has 36 chromosomes, it sets very few seed. Patriot bermuda grass has been evaluated in several OAES experiments and in the 1997 National Turf Evaluation Program (NTEP) bermuda grass test. Additionally, Drs. Michael Goatley and Erik Ervin at Virginia Tech have performed extensive testing and evaluation of Patriot bermuda grass, and testing continues at

the VaTech turfgrass facility.

 

Patriot bermuda grass is rated one of the most cold hardy on the market. It is disease resistant and wear tolerant. It has an extremely rapid rate of establishment, and, if done properly, you can go from planting to playing in far less than 90 days. Patriot is clearly the bermuda grass of the future.

 

Patriot bermudagrass is highly suited for areas requiring high quality turf, including fairways, tee boxes, playgrounds and athletic fields. Patriot bermuda grass performs best when maintained at 0.38 to 1.5 inches. Mowing frequency is dictated by mowing height. Coming mid-summer of 2008 we will have a field of Patriot bermuda grass on 97% sand based soil ready for production.

 

Maintenance

 

The amount and frequency of watering, mowing and fertilizing depends upon the desired appearance of your turfgrass. Guidelines for maintenance procedures are offered below as good rules of thumb to follow on an as needed basis in maintaining healthy turfgrass with an attractive appearance.

 

MOWING: Patriot bermuda grass provides an excellent material for tees when mowed at 3/8 of an inch. For fairways; a mowing height of .38 to 1.5 inch is ideal.

 

FERTILIZING: Mowing Patriot bermudagrass provides an excellent material for tees when mowed at 3/8 of an inch. For fairways; a mowing height of .38 to 1.5 inch is ideal. Patriot bermudagrass responds well to fertilization. Keep pH in the range of 6.0-7.0 and the soil macro, secondary and micro nutrients in the optimum range. Patriot bermudagrass requires nitrogen fertility at 4-6 lbs. of actual N per 1,000 sq. ft. per year. Split into 3-6 applications. Adjust fertility to local conditions and on level of visual quality and maintenance desired.

 

WATERING: Watering Patriot bermudagrass during dry conditions requires a minimum of 1 inch water 2 times per week to maintain color. Add more water if vigor recuperative rate is needed.

 

WEED CONTROL: Weed growth competes with turfgrass growth. Good maintenance practices help eliminate weed problems. However, it may be necessary even under the best of care, to apply herbicides to maintain weed free turfgrass. Contact your local County Extension agent or herbicide dealer for recommendations for your type turfgrass.