“This aggressiveness makes bermudagrass the preeminent turf for areas of high traffic, since it can spread quickly to cover damaged areas. Bermudagrasses also have good wear tolerance. The major limiting factor to bermudagrass growth is the amount of sunlight it requires. It does not tolerate full shade and only tolerates partial shade for half a day. It is best to have full sun for the highest quality lawn. Bermudagrass is responsive to management. Quality lawns require large amounts of fertilizer and water and frequent mowing. Although bermudagrass is drought-tolerant, it has a high water requirement to produce an attractive turf.”

Grass Type – Bermuda

Bermuda is a hardy full-sun grass that thrives in hot weather.  It spreads by underground rhizomes, and above-ground stolons. Bermuda is pretty tough and can take more abuse than most grasses – heavy traffic, heat, drought, and less than ideal soil conditions. For this reason, it’s commonly used for sports fields, parks, golf courses, and other high-use areas. It’s the best choice for full-sun areas in the south, including all our service areas in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Bermuda turns brown in the winter. In our climate, bermuda is green all summer and then as temperatures drop and we get our first frost, it goes dormant and turns a light brown. It will remain that way until spring, when it starts to green up again, usually in March, dependent on weather. When temperatures are consistently higher, with lows in the 70’s, bermuda will grow 24 hours per day. In tropical climates it will stay green year round. Farther north, it cannot survive the colder, longer winters and is not a good choice for a lawn where winter temperatures typically fall below 10 degrees.

To establish a bermuda lawn on bare dirt, we recommend sodding for best results.  Next best is plugging or sprigging, and last, for those with a lot of patience, seeding.  Bermuda seeds normally available may not turn out as fine-textured as some of the sod available. Bermuda sod can be laid anytime, but May is the best month to sprig, plug, or sod bermuda grass.

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