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Bermuda Grass Information and Choices

Updated on July 3, 2010

There are a lot of different grass types out there to choose from, but Bermuda grass is one of the most sought after and popular grasses in the United States. This particular type of grass has been used quite a bit in a variety of different settings and locations like expensive golf courses, large customized landscapes and lawns, children's playgrounds and facilities like recreational parks, various sporting venues and many other locales. This particular kind of grass originates from the continent of Africa where it's found in abundance all over the open grasslands, and as this particular area is known for having an ever changing and harsh climate, these grasses have been known to be very hardy and resilient which is why it's become so popular among those looking for a high-quality grass. There is a whole host of reasons to go with this grass, and as mentioned previously, the resilience of the grass is one of these reasons.

Bermuda grass and its Hardy Resilience

This genus is an extremely hardy plant due to the fact that it originates from a continent which has extreme and sudden climate changes from moist rainy weather to nearly desert like conditions. These grasses are able to maintain their integrity throughout all of these different conditions largely due to the fact that it has a high tolerance to intense UV rays and sunlight. However, even if the grass is damaged somehow by bugs or fire, this particular species of grass is able to reestablish itself and re-grow much quicker than most other kinds of grasses found throughout the world. This is one of the reasons that it is used for golf courses, because any grass that is able to re-grow itself so quickly is ideal for locations where there is extreme heat, chance of fire, or heavy traffic, like a golf course for example, or other sporting event that takes place on natural grass or lawns.

Bermuda grass is the grass of choice for most golf courses due to it's resilience to pests and harsh weather
Bermuda grass is the grass of choice for most golf courses due to it's resilience to pests and harsh weather

Why this plant can benefit you

One of the reasons why Bermuda grass is so resilient is due to the fact that this particular grass genus uses a very deep rooting system that buries deep within the earth. This plant rooting system enables the grass to grow in temperatures that are as high as 95°F or more and also as cold as 35°F. This makes the grass ideal for a variety of different climates and locations, whether it be in the cold Northeast or the hot dry Southwest of America for example. This particular type of grass can withstand lengthy periods of drought by going into a kind of semi-dormant state, which can be particularly handy for homeowners who may be in areas that are experiencing abnormal levels of drought and rain loss. However, the grass can really thrive in climates that are relatively warm and have regular rainy seasons, which allows for the most productive and fertile growth spurts. The ideal temperatures tend to be around 64°F and above for air temperature and in the high 70’s°F for sub ground level temperature.

Some Considerations for Bermuda grass

Bermuda grass should be cut or mowed a bit shorter then a grass like the St. Augustine grass, and you have to also keep in mind that Bermuda grass loves water, but it will not require as much as St. Augustine grass. Be sure to be mindful of these facts when you are garden edging, designing or trimming your lawn, setting up garden fencing or garden signs and decorations, as you may have to adjust the look and placement of your set up relative to the height of the blades of grass. Another thing to keep in mind is that Bermuda grass tends to start going more dormant earlier in the fall than many other types of grasses, so this is going to be an issue for you might not be the best choice for you.

Bermuda grass should be cut shorter than other varieties like St. Augustine's grass.  Also, Bermuda grass requires lots of sunlight and watering.
Bermuda grass should be cut shorter than other varieties like St. Augustine's grass. Also, Bermuda grass requires lots of sunlight and watering.

Some Final Considerations

When it comes down to it, the most important factors when it comes to growing this particular type of grass is getting sufficient and open direct sunlight, making sure that if the grass is being grown on less than ideal soil, that it gets sufficient fertilizer, and also making sure that its watered on a regular basis especially if you do not get a lot of regular rain in your particular area. While this type of grass will start growing in March, it really starts to blossom and grow between the months of May through June, so be mindful of this when you’re planning to do your upkeep and maintenance on your grass. You can usually find grass seeds at a pound per bag or more starting at 5$-20$ going upwards of $40 or more per bag depending on the store you buy it from.

Lawn Care for Bermuda Grass


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