Celebration Bermuda Maintenance

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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. Celebrationis 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.

Production and Quality Control

Genetic purity and preservation of the Celebration Bermudagrass variety is of the utmost importance. Only licensed turfgrass producers are authorized to grow Celebration for sale. All Celebration Bermudagrass grown and distributed across the United States is certified by local state crop certification agencies that provide rigid standards and regulations for production, harvesting, and handling, that when adhered to, ensure a genetically pure, high quality, “certified” product. Additionally, all licensed Celebration production is monitored through on-going quality control and quality assurance programs.

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(see Installation). 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

Mowing: New installations are often uneven and care should be taken not to scalp high spots

Fertility: Use a transplant-friendly regimen that will help reduce shock and minimize disease:

Post Establishment

Mowing: Mowing is a critical and often under appreciated cultural practice:

Insecticides: Avoid stress from insects by performing insecticidal applications as needed:

Herbicides: Proper mowing, irrigation and fertilization of Celebration will reduce weed problems. If a weed problem persists:

Fungicides: Celebration has shown resistance to most fungal problems and controls should be used only as needed:

Irrigation: Established Celebration exhibits drought tolerance due to improved plant genetics and growth characteristics:

Fertility: Proper fertility practices will encourage healthy, disease and insect free Celebration:

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To ensure optimum quality and performance of Celebration, users must accomplish necessary care and maintenance. This care and maintenance has been formalized above 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.