Q: What is the real difference between TifTuf and 419 bermuda?
A: After World War II, my mother bought a 1948 Allis Chalmers Model G tractor, which she allowed my father to borrow on occasion. Despite having no hydraulic lift, power brakes, or power take off, that little orange tractor was able to meet our gardening needs until my Mom sold it 2010. But when I was a teenager, how I longed to have a big green “do it all” John Deere tractor like my rural neighbors used on their farms. When I expressed my fervent desire, my mother replied simply “Ours is doing just fine for now!”
Tif419 bermudagrass (released 1960) can look very nice when maintained properly. It will easily meet your needs for green lawn. TifTuf bermuda (patented 2016) is a much more modern bermudagrass that is more drought tolerant, shade tolerant, cold tolerant, and wear tolerant than older lawn grasses. That’s the difference.