Four Reasons Why Bermuda Grass Seed is the Southern Belle of Grass Seeds

What’s a Southern belle? Something cultured and beautiful that doesn’t wilt under the intensity of the South’s sweltering heat. While this definition may be a little vague, if there’s a Southern belle of grass seed, Bermuda grass seed is it. Originally brought to the U.S. from Africa, Bermuda grass seed is used in more than 100 countries.

Because it’s a low-water grass that can withstand tropical and subtropical climates, it’s one of the most popular grasses in the Southern and Southwestern U.S. The South is home to more than 10 common Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) varieties. Each variety has been bred to enhance desirable qualities such as genetic color, cold tolerance, drought tolerance, texture and turf density.

Bermuda grass seed has become the Southern belle of grass seed because it does well in hot climates, is multifaceted, tough and keeps its color during the hottest parts of the year. Does Well in Hot Climates Unlike grasses destined for cooler climates, Bermuda grass seed is drought-resistant and grows quickly when temperatures exceed 75 degrees. In cooler weather, the grass becomes dormant.

The amount of water required for Bermuda grass seed survival depends on the variety of Bermuda grass, soil type, temperature and humidity. Generally, during dry conditions the grass will thrive with approximately an inch of water a week, a much lower threshold than other popular grasses. Cold-tolerant varieties of Bermuda grass such as Yukon, Rivera and Mohawk have been successfully introduced in more northern climates.

Multiple Uses Bermuda grass seed is also multifaceted. When planted in the right climate, Bermuda grass seed works well in lawns, athletic fields, landscaping areas, tennis courts, bowling greens and pastures. Although they may not know it, many golfers are familiar with Bermuda grass as it’s commonly used on the tee box and in putting areas of Southern golf courses. Bermuda grass seed’s tenacity allows for its myriad of uses.

Unlike other grasses, Bermuda grass grows well in dry, infertile soils and clay. Because this grass is so tough, it can withstand heavily trafficked areas, hence its popularity as the ground floor of outdoor tennis courts and lawn bowling greens. Green During the Hottest Parts of Summer Bermuda grasses’ deep roots help it resist drought. While other types of grass may go dormant when temperatures hit 100 and drought sets in, Bermuda grass will persevere. This is an obvious advantage for anyone — golf pros or homeowners — interested in having green grass during the summer months.

However, during the cooler winter months Bermuda grass will turn brown and go dormant. This can be avoided by overseeding a Bermuda grass lawn with perennial ryegrass during the fall. Come spring, the perennial ryegrass will begin to die off and the Bermuda grass will resume its growth. Not only does Bermuda grass stay green during the hottest parts of the year, planted Bermuda seed can become a lush lawn in less than a year. In many cases, a Bermuda grass lawn will be ready for use in 60 to 90 days after planting.

Tough as Grass Not only is Bermuda grass grown from seed tough in the sun, it is more resistant to insects and diseases than other grasses. Still, it is important to be on the lookout for sod webworms, armyworms, cutworms, chinch bugs, and other lawn pests that have the potential to damage Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is also great at snuffing out weeds. It grows quickly and aggressively thereby choking weeds and taking them over.

A lush, healthy lawn is always the best weed control method. Because Bermuda grass is such an aggressive plant, it’s difficult to kill. So, if your thumb is anything but green, Bermuda grass has a good chance of surviving you. In some areas, this could also become a potential problem as it has a habit of creeping into areas it’s not supposed to be in. This can be prevented by installing root barriers and borders.

Although African in origins, Bermuda grass seed is at home in the South. If you’re looking for a durable, quick-growing, green grass that can withstand inferno temperatures, Bermuda grass is your belle. For more information on Bermuda grass seed or grass seed that is the best fit for your region and climate, contact Nature’s Finest Seed.

Their team of experts have provided the highest quality grass seed products and advice to large landowners and homeowners for over twenty years. Our reputation as the “go-to” source for solving the most complex reclamation, revegetation and beautification challenges is second to none. Quality – in everything they do – is their hallmark.

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