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brand Bermudagrass seed is the world's first dense, fine textured, seeded hybrid Bermudagrass variety. Princess 77 Bermuda Grass rules the Bermuda grass Kingdom! It will cost you a fraction of
what you would pay for sod and it is the first and only true hybrid Bermuda grass available from seeds. This is because this new grass variety is a break through variety with easily
recognizable improvements. Everyone wants this bermuda grass due to its quite noticeable thicker density and fine turf look.
Certified Princess 77 Bermudagrass is the world's first dense, fine textured hybrid bermudagrass variety to be available in seeded form. Known as experimental variety, SWI-77, Princess is
a very dense, dark green, fine textured hybrid bermudagrass that can be established from seed. It is the product of two self-sterile clones that are established vegetatively in certified
production fields. The resulting progeny seed is the variety, Princess.
Princess 77 is such a high quality bermuda grass it has been used in the NFL 2004 and 2005 Super Bowl games.
More Princess 77 bermuda grass pictures
at the bottom of page.
Princess 77 bermuda grass was rated #4 out of 29 seeded & vegetative varieties!
As tested by NTEP.org
(National Turf Evaluation Program).
Princess 77 Bermuda Characteristics & Advantages
- Has a dark green color
- Medium fine leaf
Texture / High leaf density.
- Outstanding drought
Requires 21% LESS WATER than Tifway and less water
than Tifway 419 Bermuda.
- Creates a beautiful lawn at
much lower cost than sod.
- Excellent fall color
- Highest overall turf quality
of all commercially available varieties in the US (including
vegetative varieties -- sod and plugs).
PRINCESS has a moderate spring green up and fall
- Extremely dense with a fine texture - 1.8mm leaf width / 24.0mm length
- Easily established from seed
Product of two self - sterile clones
Read More Data on
Recommended Usage For Princess 77 Bermuda Grass
Golf course fairways and tees - manicured home lawns -
well maintained sports turf and parks. Princess is
the closest to "green quality" bermuda in a SEEDED variety
available. It is NOT as high quality as most hybrids
used on professional golf courses, but is similar in
quality to Tif-419. Comparisons of Princess with
hybrid & seeded varieties can be found at
www.ntep.org - We
do NOT recommend Princess for green use except where the
speed & level of play is not critical to equaling
professional standards. Princess 77 is suitable for home putting greens.
Planting & Growing Princess 77 Bermuda Grass Seed
Adaptation of Princess 77 Bermuda
Used in Climatic Zones: 7-8-9-10-11-12*
(*May not be adaptable to all areas within each climatic zone)
1-2 pounds of seed per 1,000 sq. ft. - Under professional application. Homeowners: 2-3 lbs. per / 1000 sq.ft. --- We recommend 2 lbs / 1000 if broadcast. Princess seed are smaller than
most coated Bermudas, thus the lower recommended seeding rates.
When to Plant Bermuda Grass Seed
Soil temperatures must be constantly above 70°F -- air temperatures would be 80° after all danger of freeze / frost past. Night temperatures are a good indicator of soil temperature. Plant when night air
temperatures reach a consistent 65 to 70°. Plant from spring to late summer for best results. Read more tips and recommendations on
planting Bermudagrass a warm season grass.
Where to Plant
In full sun on well drained soil. Proper drainage is essential for successful establishment and the development of mature healthy turf.
For best results, take a soil sample and follow fertility recommendations prior to planting. Do not
cover the seed with too much soil - no more than 1/4" (.6cm)
covering over the seed is recommended. Water: Soil moisture around
the seed must be maintained for about 1-2 weeks. Days to
Germinate: Under ideal conditions, germination may begin within 7
days. Allow 4-18 days for completion. Plant when soil temperatures
are consistently above 65 degrees.
Germination & Establishment
Germination will begin within 7 days under ideal conditions. Allow 14-21 days for normal full germination to occur. Under ideal conditions, full coverage may
be attained between 4-6 weeks with proper management. If planting is occurring late or early in the season, allow longer for establishment. Generally expect full coverage in 8-12 weeks.
After seeding, soil moisture in the root
zone must be maintained for about 1 to 2 weeks, germination may begin within 7 to 10 days. After the new turf is established, less frequent, deep watering is desirable. Recommended
mowing height is 3/16 to 1 inch (5 to 25 mm) with no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade removed per mowing -- see detailed mowing information below
Fertilize with 1/2 to 1 lb/1,000 sq ft actual N (0.25 to 0.5 kg /100 sq m) per month of growing
season for optimum performance, fertilization may be reduced by 1/2 if clippings are returned. This is a dense
hybrid – verticut at least once per growing season during periods of active growth.
Winter overseeding may be completed for year round green color, but is generally not
recommended on turf less than 6 months old as the new turf may be damaged by the verticutting and scalping procedures.
Mowing Heights Are Very flexible - Possible to mow from 3/16" to 3"
- Manageable at 3/16 inch
(5mm)... maintains good leaf density at mowing heights under
1.25" when mowed with reel mowers.
- Can be mowed at higher
heights for general purpose home lawns (1.25 up to 3 inches) -
Rotary mowers are fine for heights above 1.25 inches. - Most
home / commercial lawns are best maintained at 1.5 to 2.5 inches
for a good overall look. Rotary mowers can usually be used
at heights above 1.5 inches.
The maintenance requirements for your grass will be determined by the height at which you wish to keep it mowed. Lower mowing heights may require verticutting due to the dense turf
LOW MOWING HEIGHTS (Under
Recommended High Input Maintenance Schedule:
1/2 to 3/4 mowing height.
3/4 to 1 lb. N/1000 sq.ft. / per growing month.
Irrigation to prevent visual drought stress.
Mowing frequency of 3-5 times per week.
HIGHER MOWING HEIGHTS 1.5 to 2.5 inches - Home LawnsRecommended Normal Lawn Inputs - Maintenance Schedule:
1.5" to 3" - mowing height.
3/4. N/1000 sq.ft. / per growing month.
Irrigation to prevent visual drought stress.
Mowing frequency of
generally every 5 to 7 days for use in home
lawns. The higher the mowing height, the less
mowing required. In order to maintain
a good leaf density and color you need to
mow whenever the grass has grown 1/3 longer
than the your desired maintenance height.
For instance if your ideal maintenance
height is 3/4 inch, you need to mow when the
grass grows to 1". If the your ideal
maintenance height is 1.5 inches, you need
to mow when it reaches 2 inches in height.
Above: Princess 77 mowed at higher heights.
Above: Princess 77 mowed at 3/16 inch.
Above: Princess 77 up-close.
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