Sod Grass Types & Varieties

Midiron Sod GrassMIDIRON SOD:

It’s tough. It’s durable. It doesn’t take much work. Midiron is the most popular type of sod grass variety in Arizona. It’s the perfect desert variety because of its drought tolerance, resiliency under heavy traffic, quick recovery, and easy transitions. It is the ideal type of sod for commercial jobs where little maintenance and high traffic are factors. Midiron can be mowed with either a reel or sharp rotary mower.

Tifway Sod GrassTIFWAY SOD:

Tougher than Tifgreen and more sophisticated than Midiron, the Tifway variety has a very dense, medium-fine leaf texture with an aggressive growth habit and excellent traffic tolerance. Tifway is recommended for an active backyard and is best maintained with a reel mower.

Tifgreen Sod GrassTIFGREEN SOD:

Tifgreen is the king of putting greens. Its slender, bright green blades give this variety the manicured look that greenskeepers and golf-managers value. Tifgreen sod is heat and traffic tolerant and repairs quickly, making it a great grass for a short manicured look without the golf course maintenance. It can endure very low mowing heights but doesn’t require it. It is best maintained with a reel mower.

Sod Grass Comparison Chart

Variety / type MIDIRON TIFWAY 419 TIFGREEN 328
Usage: Lawns, Commercial Sites, Parks Lawns, Sports Fields, Golf Fairways Putting Greens Lawns
Color: Solid Green Bright Green Bright Green
Leaf Texture: Medium Medium, Fine Fine
Shade Tolerance: Poor Poor Poor
Traffic Tolerance: Great Great Good
Pet Tolerance: Good Good Good
Salt Tolerance: Good Good Good
Recovery Rate: Best Excellent Excellent
Drought Tolerance: Excellent Excellent Excellent
Recommended Mowing Height: 3/4″- 1 1/4″ 3/4″- 1″ 3/8″- 3/4″
Frequency: Weekly 4-6 days 4-6 days
Mower Type: * Rotory, Power Reel Power Reel, Sharp Rotory Power Reel
Features: It’s tough, It’s durable and easy to maintain. The most popular grass in Arizona. Very dense, with medium-fine leaf texture. Great choice for active backyards. Slender, bright green blades. Looks great when mowed with a reel.
Frequency: Weekly 4-6 days 4-6 days
* 1/3 Rule: For Maintenance mowing, never mow more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.