Celebration Bermudagrass is the result of
10+ years of development by Australia's most accomplished turfgrass breeder and greenkeeper, Rod Riley. Since the 1960's Mr. Riley's turfgrasses have set new standards for bermudagrasses in Austraila, Asia, and the U.S. Now, Mr. Riley's most impressive Bermuda, Celebration Bermudagrass, is available for purchase in the U.S.
Here's what one turfgrass industry magazine says about Celebration Bermudagrass:
"..no doubt the best shade tolerant Bermuda grass on the market and recovery from divot damage is also very good"
"It will cut sports ground, racecourses, fairway, tee and local government grass maintenance like you would not believe."
"...it will take every type of chemical spray and fertilizer without apparent damage."
"...tight, smooth playing surface, with good wearing ability."
"... drought tolerant because of its Rizosheaths, should almost be considered over Bahia."
Celebration Turf is located in Ruskin Florida and has been providing quality sod and landscape services for over 30 years. Our growing experience in the sod industry provides us with expert knowledge to assist all of our customers on their selection of sod as well as proper care after installation.
We have had the opportunity to serve many developers, builders, and homeowners over the years and we are proud of the long-standing relationship weve established with so many loyal customers.
We are one of only a few Florida growers licensed to grow specialty sod like Celebration and Paspalum. We are presently the only grower in the local area. Although we also grow St. Augustine, through our experience we have determined that Celebration turf grass has tremendous advantages over all other varieties.
Most recently, our Celebration turf was chosen be the only variety in the Mira Bay development project in Apollo Beach. Our Paspalum variety was also chosen by Mira Bay to be installed around a 130 acre saltwater lagoon.
We believe that Celebration will provide homeowners with a beautiful lawn despite current watering restrictions.
The following are benefits and characteristics of the turf:
Distinctive, dark blue-green color
Grows vertically at a slower rate than other Bermuda varieties
Performs well in light to moderate shade
Can be easily sprigged or plugged
Transplants well during the summer heat
Can be maintained at a very low height for golf and sports applications
Resistance to insect problems common to St. Augustine
High drought tolerance
Celebration Bermudagrass is an Australian Breed Cynodon dactylon developed by renowned turfgrass breeder Rod Riley that offers specifiers, landscapers, golf course designers, sportsturf managers and homeowners exceptional performance across a wide spectrum of applications. Celebration is a dark blue-green turfgrass that grows in a low prostrate fashion and requires less mowing than typical bermudagrass varieties. Celebration has tough runners, rhizomes, and deep roots that provide excellent sod strength, wearability, and improved drought tolerance. While shade tolerance research is ongoing at the university level, Celebration is the first bermudagrass to exhibit improved tolerance in sportsturf comparisons. Celebration has also been included in several comparative bermudagrass studies including the 2002 National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) trials where early observations are very promising.
Best Management Practices
To ensure optimum quality and performance of Celebration, users must accomplish necessary care and maintenance. This care and maintenance has been formalized below in the Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Celebration Bermudagrass. These BMPs are written as a guide and should be modified as local climate, soil, and environmental conditions dictate. It is important to note that no "magic fertilizer" or "super-chemical" will solve all problems or make any turfgrass perfect. Through consistent application of the BMPs and on-going evaluation, education, and modification of these practices, however, users will greatly enhance the quality and performance of Celebration Bermudagrass.
Installation and Establishment
Installation and the care taken during the initial days that follow are the most critical factors in determining the long-term quality and performance of Celebration Bermudagrass. Harvesting and transplantation is extremely stressful to any turfgrass and precautionary measures should be taken to help reduce further cultural and environmental stresses. Celebration is a tough, hardy turfgrass that once established, produces a beautiful lifetime lawn, landscape, sportsturf, or golf course. Proper care, including pre-installation soil preparation and limiting time on the pallet to less than 24 hours yields positive results. Improper care, however, can cause death of the turfgrass or damage that results in lengthy recovery and additional expense.
Irrigating Newly Installed Celebration:Proper watering upon installation is essential to successful establishment:
Prior to installation, ensure irrigation systems are working properly and covering all areas to be planted
Water thoroughly upon installation ensuring that both the Celebration is wet and the soil is moist to a depth of 3"
In hot weather, water within a few hours of installation to mitigate severe damage or loss due to heat / dehydration stress
To promote root establishment, water as needed to maintain moist soil to a depth of 3" for the first 1-2 weeks
Shaded areas and heavy soils require less water than full-sun areas and sandy soils
When proper rooting is evident, alter irrigation program accordingly (see Post Establishment Irrigation below)
New installations are often uneven and care should be taken not to scalp high spots:
Mow within 10 days of installation and bag clippings the first few mowings
See Post Establishment Mowing below for more information
Use a transplant-friendly regimen that will help reduce shock and minimize disease
Use a starter fertilizer that is low in Nitrogen and higher in Phosphorous and Potassium
Mowing is a critical and often under appreciated cultural practice:
Maintain Celebration at 0.5-2" (1" is optimal)
Heights above 2" will reduce quality
Rotary mowers are preferred for heights 1" or higher
Reel mowers are preferred for heights below 1"
Mow every 5-7 days during the active growing season
Mow every 10-14 days, or as needed, during cooler weather
Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length of the blade at any one mowing
If a scheduled mowing is missed and clippings clump on top of the Celebration, bag or vacuum clippings to reduce shade-out
Vertical mowing (verticutting) may be performed to renovate Celebration
Avoid stress from insects by performing insecticidal applications as needed:
For any insecticide application, always read and follow label directions carefully
Early identification and treatment of insect stress minimizes inputs and injury
Make routine observations of the landscape being aware of seasonal pests like Army and Webworms
Grubs can reduce quality if critical populations are reached
Control Army and Webworms with Sevin, Orthene, Diazinon or Permethrin-based products
Consult with local experts for insecticide recommendations
Proper mowing, irrigation and fertilization of Celebration will reduce weed problems. If a weed problem persists:
For any herbicide application, always read and follow label directions carefully
Improper use of herbicides can severely damage or kill Celebration
Make routine observations of the landscape being aware of seasonal weeds
Identify the type of weed causing the problem before using any chemicals controls
Celebration, like Common and Tifway 419 bermudagrass, is tolerant of many commonly used herbicides
Consult with local experts for herbicide recommendations
Celebration has shown resistance to most fungal problems and controls should be used only as needed:
For any fungicide application, always read and follow label directions carefully
Early identification and treatment of disease stress minimizes inputs and injury
Make routine observations of the landscape being aware of unusual symptoms
Consider a broad-spectrum fungicide application if predictable seasonal problems are noted
Ask your Celebration grower to apply fungicide 1-2 weeks prior to harvest during times of high, disease-inducing stress
Consult with local experts for fungicide recommendations
Established Celebration exhibits drought tolerance due to improved plant genetics and growth characteristics:
Watering requirements are greatly dependent on soil type, season, geography and other factors
Ensure irrigation systems are working properly and covering all areas covered by Celebration
Make routine observations of the landscape and learn the signs (i.e. wilting) that indicate when irrigation is required
Shaded areas and heavy soils require less water than full-sun areas and sandy soils
Encourage deep root growth by watering until the soil is moist to a depth of 3", shallow watering encourages shallow roots
Infrequent deep watering maximizes drought resistance and tolerance
Proper fertility practices will encourage healthy, disease and insect free Celebration:
Perform soil tests to understand your soil type(s) and condition and best determine your specific fertility needs
Make routine observations and fertilize according to what the landscape tells you
Understand what and how much fertilizer you are applying
Avoid disease and insect inducing growth flushes by reducing Nitrogen rates
Improve color and limit growth surges by utilizing iron sources
Higher Nitrogen rates should only be applied in the spring, for injury recovery, or for planned "peaking" of Celebration
Apply lower rates of Nitrogen in the summer and fall
Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a visit to our sod farm.