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Released by internationally recognized USDA/ARS plant geneticist Dr. Wayne Hanna, TifEagle is the third generation of bermudagrass varieties developed exclusively for golf greens at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Tifton GA. Just as Tifdwarf replaced Tifgreen 328 as the standard for putting greens over the last three decades, TifEagle promises to set an even higher standard for the 21st century. Based on careful evaluation at university research stations since 1988, and beginning in 1996 at golf course locations from Florida to the desert Southwest, TifEagle has proven to be a premier putting surface with a number of unique advantages for golf course superintendents. Rightly or wrongly, much of a superintendent's reputation rides on the quality of his or her greens. It takes an intense management program to deliver the putting speed and consistency even club players are beginning to demand. Traditional grasses, and even many of the new superdwarfs, just can't stand up to the physical stress produced by the lower mowing heights and frequent verticuttings which are used to control thatch build-up. TifEagle can, and we've got the research to back it up. TifEagle also recovers more quickly from mechanical injury, has better color, and is extremely cold-hardy, drought-tolerant and disease-resistant. Whether you're involved with the repair or restoration of existing greens or installing an entire new course, insist on the best. Insist on TifEagle.

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Improved Speed, Consistency and Overall Playability
Aggressive management practices can compromise the health, quality and playability of traditional bermudagrass varieties. Tifdwarf, Tifgreen, and even some of the new superdwarf varieties become stressed when subjected to reduced mowing height, frequent verticutting, increased topdressing and minimal irrigation. TifEagle, on the other hand, was created to withstand just this kind of abuse. In test after test, TifEagle's quality rated superior to Tifdwarf and other warm-season grasses. Putting speed tests are routinely in the 9 to 10 range on the Stimpmeter and often exceed 10.5 to 11 during intense management for tournament play. Improve the speed, consistency and playability of your greens. Insist on TifEagle.
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Superior Color Retention Under Cool Conditions
Once temperatures dip into the mid-to-low 40's, Tifdwarf experiences chlorophyll loss and goes off-color quite rapidly. So do some of the superdwarfs. Not TifEagle. It holds up to cool weather conditions extremely well. TifEagle will go off-color when temperatures get down in the low 30's, but it has a much faster, more robust recovery than other grasses. Obviously, good color retention is aesthetically pleasing, but it's also an indication that your grass is still generating good leaf production. This is quite important for superintendents who choose not to overseed. It's equally important for late season play during fall transition.

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Smooth Transitions During
Overseeding And Spring Green-up

Turf quality tests have also demonstrated that TifEagle responds better to overseeding than Tifdwarf and other popular bermudagrasses. When you combine TifEagle's rhizominous growth with an appropriate schedule of topdressing and light verticutting, TifEagle provides an excellent seedbed for poa trivalis/bentgrass blends. Its tolerance for low mowing coupled with its ability to grow at cool temperatures makes TifEagle the right grass for managing difficult spring transitions. TifEagle also holds up well under drought conditions and has demonstrated an ability for rapid re-growth after mechanical injury, as well as strong resistance to disease and an inexplicable defense against mole crickets. Mole crickets just don't like TifEagle as well as some other bermudagrasses. You won't have to worry about seed heads, either. TifEagle doesn't produce any.
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Much Less Thatch Buildup Than Other Ultradwarfs
Thatch buildup is highly detrimental to greens. It produces grainy putting surfaces, inconsistent ball roll and can result in a subsurface micro-climate which is conducive to disease and organic layering. Thatch also makes it more difficult to establish and maintain uniform stands of overseeded grass. TifEagle not only produces less thatch than other superdwarfs, it's very forgiving when subject to aggressive management. In fact, TifEagle can tolerate 2 to 3 mowings per day at heights as low as 1/8-inch with no loss of stand density.
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Quality-Conscious Licensed Growers Association
As a patented variety, TifEagle can only be sold as certified sod or sprigs, and only by licensed members of the TifEagle Growers Association. This premier group of quality-conscious sod producers has agreed to production practices set up by the Georgia Seed Development Commission. TifEagle is grown and inspected under a rigorous set of rules and guidelines specifically designed to promote ongoing varietal purity and uniformity. The propagation of TifEagle for any purpose by anyone other than a licensed grower is prohibited and illegal. Look for the TifEagle certification tag. It's your supplier's assurance that the TifEagle you purchase was grown by a licensed producer in accordance with established standards.

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