A fine-bladed grass that grows aggressively, Bermuda grass produces stolons and rhizomes that bond strongly to the soil surface. All varieties require sunlight and should be cut low at all times. Development of thatch, a matted layer of old stems and stolons beneath the grass blades, improves the appearance of Bermuda. Bermuda grass is very tolerant to drought, heat, salt and traffic. Hybrid varieties of Bermuda must be established from plant parts (sod, stolons, plugs), not seeds. New developments in seeded varieties are producing lower growing, dark green strains.
|Best Time to Plant||Spring through Summer|
|Planting Depth||1/8 of inch|
|Germination Time||14 – 17 days|
|Seeding Rate||2 – 3 lbs per 1,000 square feet|
|Recommended Mowing Height||0.5 to 1.5 inches (for newer cultivars)|
|Fertility Program||1.0 lb nitrogen per 1,000 square feet during summer months|
Hybrid Bermuda grasses provide the lowest growing, dark green, turf grass surface. Their attractiveness make hybrids the choice of premier golf courses and professional athletic fields that want to achieve that dense, tight looking turf. Sodding is the most common method of establishing Bermuda grass. Check out the Grass Sod Installation Tips post for a detailed guide on just how to sod grass the professional way.
Ok, now that you have chosen your grass seed, take a look at the Planting Grass Seed page for detailed instructions on how to prepare your seed bed and plant your grass seed!