Grass Guide: Bermuda

This hardy turf grass craves hot weather. 

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda is a hardy, drought-resistant grass perfect for high traffic areas.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Bayer CropScience

Image courtesy of Bayer CropScience

Bermuda is a hardy, drought-resistant grass perfect for high traffic areas.

This finely textured turf grass is a full-sun variety and will thrive in hot weather and under drought conditions. Because this hardy grass does very well in high traffic conditions, it is a popular choice for use in parks, golf courses and sports fields.

Climate

Thrives in warm Southern states.

Sun/Shade

A full-sun grass. Shade intolerant.

Water

Drought-resistant and requires little water for survival, but in an absence of water will turn brown and go dormant until adequate water becomes available.

Pros:    

  • Establishes quickly
  • Grows in many soil types
  • Drought resistant
  • Survives under high traffic
  • Outcompetes weed growth

Cons:

  • Can be invasive
  • Performs poorly in shaded areas
  • Dormant under 50 degrees, turns brown until warm weather returns
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