Riviera Bermudagrass Seed - Riviera Bermudagrass is a synthetic bermudagrass variety developed from three parental plants and released by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station with an exclusive license to Johnson Seed Company, Enid, OK.. Riviera produces a moderately fine-textured, medium dark green turf with excellent turf quality.  It has adequate resistance or tolerance to the major pests of bermudagrass, particularly in the U.S. transition zone.  It is sufficiently cold-hardy to be used in parts of the U. S. transition zone between warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses with minimal risk. For more information on Riviera Bermudagrass  Seed please contact us.


New Turf Applications: 2 - 3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. (1 to 1.5 kg per 100 sq. meters)

Riviera Bermudagrass should be planted in areas of full sunlight when soil temperatures reach a consistent 65°F (18°C) and are on the rise. Plant in a well-prepared firm seedbed. Cover seed with no more than 1/4 inch (6 mm) of soil. Maintain adequate soil moisture around seed using frequent but light irrigation for optimum germination. Seedlings should emerge in 10 to 14 days. As seedlings develop, decrease frequency of irrigation but increase the amount of water applied. As turf matures, follow recommended turf watering guidelines for your growing region.

Riviera Bermudagrass Maintenance:

Riviera Bermudagrass can be maintained at mowing heights from 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) to 2 inches (5 cm). Applying 3 to 5 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 sq. ft. (1.5 to 2.5 kg per 100 square meters) per growing season is adequate. Do not remove over 1/3 of the leaf blade per mowing for healthy turf. More frequent mowing at shorter heights will result in a finer, more dense turf.

Dormant bermudagrass may be overseeded for year round color, but is not generally recommended on turf less than 6 to 8 months old. Immature turf may be damaged by the vertical cutting and scalping process, leaving it unable to compete with the overseeded species during the spring transition.

Advantages of Riviera Bermudagrass:
First Overall* In NTEP Trials 1997-2001
Superior Turf Quality
Excellent Winter Hardiness
Drought Tolerant
Excellent Color
Excellent Spring Greenup
Excellent Wear Tolerance
Improved Spring Dead Spot Resistance
Fast Establishment From Seed
Excellent Divot Recovery Rate

Varietal Development:

Riviera Seeded Bermudagrass, Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers., was developed by Oklahoma State University Turfgrass Development Team, with financial support from the United States Golf Association. The Oklahoma State University Turfgrass Development Team is led by Drs. Charles Taliaferro, Dennis Martin and Jeff Anderson. Riviera is a synthetic variety derived from the intercrossing of three clonal parent plants selected on the basis of turf quality and transition zone adaptation. Riviera was licensed exclusively to Johnston Seed Company for seed production, marketing and distribution.

Area of Adaptation:

Superior performance in the 1997-2001 NTEP trials indicates Riviera is well adapted to the transition zone as well as all regions where bermudagrass is currently grown.

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