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Arizona Gardening: Despite quirks, Bobsod a great choice at home

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Posted: Friday, September 26, 2008 9:11 pm | Updated: 9:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Q: I installed this hybrid grass several years ago and it seems never to have "grown right." It looks OK and has nice color, but it seems to have little if any upward leaf growth

Q: I installed this hybrid grass several years ago and it seems never to have "grown right." It looks OK and has nice color, but it seems to have little if any upward leaf growth, with more root development that seems to grow on top of the existing thatch, giving the lawn a sort of uneven look. I recently installed 200 square feet of the same sod in a backyard area, and it's beautiful. I keep it clipped at about 2 1/2 inches. Any idea what my problem might be?

A: I'm not sure what you mean by "never to have grown right." If it looks OK and has nice color, I'm puzzled by what you expect. For Bobsod it sounds natural to me.

Bulls-eye Bermuda, aka Bobsod, has more biomass the other hybrid Bermudas, which means it is denser and therefore resists scalping in the fall preparation for the ryegrass overseed. The uneven growth you mentioned is a characteristic of Bobsod - it grows unevenly naturally.

The professional athletic fields that use Bobsod in their stadiums, such as Chase Field, San Diego Petco Park, Louisiana State University Tiger Stadium and the Rose Bowl,mow the grass to about 1/2 inch, which necessitates that they mow it about every two or three days.

That keeps the grass tight and dense but also pristine-looking. If allowed to grow tall, it will thin out.

It looks its best when mowed with a reel mower. Several years ago when I had Bobsod in my front yard (now I have artificial grass), I used a rotary mower and any dip or bump in the lawn caused the grass to get scalp marks from the rotary blade.

You indicated you recently installed Bobsod in your backyard and it looks great. I think you will find that after the new sod has acclimated to its surroundings and settled in, it will behave just like the front lawn.

Bobsod is an excellent choice for a home lawn.

Consider these bullet points from the Web site www.westcoastturf.com/bull-eye_bermuda.php.

Top ranked in quality studies of Bermuda grass cultivars conducted by Mississippi State University (tested as MSB-30).

Highly ranked in quality studies of Bermuda grass cultivars conducted by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.

Thick, closed canopy creates resilient cushion and carpetlike feel.

Compact growth habit causes golf ball to sit up on blades for a great lie.

Resists scalping.

Excellent disease resistance.

Improved footing on sports fields due to tightly packed leaves near the soil surface.

No seed heads and low nitrogen requirement means less mowing.

Exhibits surprising shade tolerance for tree-lined stadiums and stadium.

Tolerant of heat, poor water quality, heavy foot traffic and drought.

Tolerates infrequent mowing.

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CONTACT WRITER:john@johnchapman.com

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