Originally bred in Australia, Celebration Bermudagrass is highly drought-tolerant and quite visually appealing with its dark, blue-green color. With its low growing patterns and tough runners, Celebration Bermudagrass requires less mowing than many other bermudagrasses. Also known for its strength and ability to withstand wear, Celebration Bermudagrass is appropriate for golf tee and sports field use as well as commercial and residential applications in high-traffic areas.
Celebration Bermudagrass produced the darkest green color while Celebration and TifGrand maintained the highest plant density under weekly traffic treatments. After a year and a half of data collection, Celebration Bermudagrass has exhibited the best traffic tolerance of all the cultivars—keeping the highest density and darkest green color throughout the study.
In plots receiving traffic, Celebration Bermuda, Floratex, Hybrid1, Riviera, and T11 grasses all performed similarly and all recovered faster than Tifway, TifSport, and TifGrand grasses.
Superintendents can see increased wear tolerance with Celebration Bermuda and TifGrand grasses, and faster divot recovery with T11 and Floratex grasses. While there may not be one grass that can do it all, installing T11 grass on tees and Celebration Bermuda grass in high-traffic areas of the golf course can help the turf recover more quickly and provide golfers with a better all-around playing surface.
Celebration Bermuda watering requirements are greatly dependent on soil type, season, geography, and other factors ensuring irrigation systems are working properly in all areas covered by Celebration Bermudagrass. Make routine observations of the landscape and learn the signs that indicate when irrigation is required. Shaded areas and heavy soils require less water than full-sun areas and sandy soils. Make sure to encourage deep root growth of Celebration Bermuda by watering until the soil is moist to a depth of 3″—shallow watering encourages shallow roots. Also, infrequent deep watering maximizes drought resistance and tolerance of Celebration.
Maintain Celebration Bermudagrass at heights between 0.5 and 2 inches, as heights above 2 inches will reduce grass quality. Make sure to mow every 5-7 days during the active growing season and to mow every 10-14 days, or as needed, during cooler weather. Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length of the grass blade when mowing Celebration. Bagging or vacuuming grass clippings will help reduce shade-out.
If a weed problem persists, herbicides are an effective way to rid Celebration Bermudagrass of weeds if the right treatment and proper application techniques are followed. Identify the type of weed causing the problem in order to purchase the appropriate herbicide. Make sure to always read and follow label directions for any herbicide application. Improper use of herbicides can severely damage or kill Celebration, so make routine observations of the landscape.
Proper fertilization practices will encourage healthy, disease, and insect-free Celebration Bermudagrass. You can perform soil tests to understand your soil type(s) and condition and best determine your specific fertilization needs. Always make routine observations and fertilize according to what the landscape tells you. You can avoid disease and insect-inducing growth flushes by reducing Nitrogen rates. By utilizing iron sources, you can also improve the color of your Celebration and limit growth surges. Higher Nitrogen rates should only be applied in the spring, for injury recovery, or for planned “peaking” of Celebration Bermuda. Apply lower rates of Nitrogen to your Celebration in the summer and fall.