Developed by legendary turf breeders Dr. Milt Engelke and Dr. Virginia Lehman, and tested nationwide, PremierPRO is the sod producer’s choice for a bermudagrass that excels from the Southeast into the Transition Zone.
In making my decision to become a licensed producer of PremierPRO, I looked at several factors and characteristics of the grass. I’ve never seen a bermudagrass in particular that had such a fine texture, deep green color, and high density. And it has a phenomenal rate of establishment.
It has a lot of special qualities that we and, more importantly, our customers are looking for in an elite bermudagrass. It has a beautiful season-long, dark green color. Proven cold weather tolerance. It has a fine leaf texture with low seedhead production. I’ve noticed fast grow-in on our production field, which would indicate a fast divot recovery in sports applications, too. All of these positive characteristics are confirmed in the NTEP trials. That is why we became a licensed producer.
I’ve been absolutely amazed by it. We planted December 2, 2016. The grass from Virginia was completely dormant—not a green blade of grass in it. It looked like we were planting hay. We started to see green in it by day 10. At day 36, we’re at 70 to 80% coverage, which is just phenomenal.
Licensed sod producers growing PremierPRO become part of Team PremierPRO, a network that brings together the power of world-recognized researchers, sod producers, superintendents, sports turf managers and professional athletes whose combined efforts to share information about the grass are mutually beneficial. Strong marketing programs, backed by scientific claims and professional promotions, aid in your sales efforts. Plus, a portion of royalties produced from the sale of PremierPRO Bermuda Grass goes to university turfgrass research in the states where the grass is grown. Currently in production in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.