Out of the Weeds – Sod in Arizona

Bermuda grasses come in different varieties, the most popular of which is Midiron. Other varieties include Tifway, Tifgreen and TifGrand. All of these varieties are hybrid Bermuda grass. Because they are hybrid grasses, they do not use seeds to plant. They use what are called stolons. Stolons are the above ground runners made by the grass as it grows.

Hybrid Bermuda grasses are designed to be drought and heat tolerant. Some varieties, such as TifGrand, are also more shade tolerant. Hybrid grasses are also hypoallergenic, making them great for people with allergies. They produce no pollen or seeds.

Sod is thicker than regular grass and can prevent more weeds.

To give you an idea of how popular each variety of hybrid Bermuda grass is, Evergreen Turf’s recent sod sales for residential use consisted of:

  • 79.8% Midiron
  • 14.8% Tifway
  • 3.4% TiffGrand
  • 2% Tifgreen

We’ve created an infographic with this information as well, for those visually-inclined folks. Check it out on our Facebook page.

Here’s a breakdown of each sod variety to help you choose which one is right for you:
green blades of grass, up close

Midiron

  • Most popular in Arizona
  • Drought tolerant
  • Low maintenance

Tifway 419

  • Most durable variety
  • Drought tolerant
  • Extra maintenance

Tifgreen 328

  • Very fine texture
  • Bright green color
  • Highly manicured appearance

TifGrand Bermuda

  • True sun and shade grass
  • Dark green color
  • Fine Texture

Palmetto St. Augustine

  • Best for shade, but excellent in sun as well
  • Bright green color
  • Low maintenance

Still not sure which one to choose? Take our quiz to find the right sod for your lawn.

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