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Bermuda Grass is the Proud Grass of the South

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

This sun-loving lawn and pasture grass is as Southern as sweet tea. Its durability and aesthetic beauty have made it one of the favored lawn grasses of homeowners from California to Virginia and all points below. Here is the 411 on Bermuda grass, and why you should make it a part of your landscape.

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Bermuda Grass Profile

Bermuda grass is perennial grass that grows in tropical, sub-tropical, and the transition zones. Brought to America in the 1500's from Africa, it germinates quickly from seed, covers quickly, and grows in a variety of soils. Here are a few characteristics of this popular grass that makes it well-suited for your lawn:

  • Speedy Growth. Can attain full lawn coverage in one year, although it is not uncommon for seeded Bermuda lawns to be established within 60-90 days during the proper time of year.
  • Highly Durable. Tolerates intense sun and salt while repairing quickly. It can be grown on both low to high maintenance schedules depending upon the usage.
  • Wholly Flexible. The newer, more "cold tolerant" varieties extend Bermudas planting area further north. Yukon, Mohawk, and Rivera strains are becoming increasingly used in these areas.
Managing this Grass Type

Fertilizing Bermuda grass once to twice per year with a nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium solution should keep it lush and healthy. Irrigate moderately with an inch-deep soaking every four to seven days. Mow on the highest setting to prevent roots from being scorched by sun and heat.


About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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