The good and bad of Bermuda grass

Bermuda grass is one of the most popular grasses in the US It has been used extensively on golf courses, lawns, large landscapes, playgrounds, recreational parks, sports facilities, etc. Native to the country of Africa, where it populated the open areas of the country, this transplanted herb has also proven to be hardy in this country. Its origin undoubtedly explains its ability to spend long periods of time without much rain. It also has a high tolerance to sunlight. But even when grass blades are burned or damaged by insects or animals, it manages to regrow and re-establish itself in record time. Because it recovers so quickly, it is the perfect lawn for high-traffic areas like those mentioned above.

One of the reasons Bermuda grass is so hardy is because of its deep root system. This root system allows it to grow in temperatures as cold as thirty-five degrees Fahrenheit and as warm as ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit and above. Even though Bermuda grass can easily survive dry spells by sliding into a semi-dormant state, it absolutely thrives in hot, rainy climates. Its best growth spurts occur in air temperatures above sixty-four degrees Fahrenheit and soil temperatures from seventy and above.

Bermuda grass is also a very aggressive herb and once it has established it is difficult to get rid of. The great thing about this is that it only requires moderate lawn care. You can miss more than a few waterings and lawn cuts without ill effects. It is very forgiving of neglecting your lawn and does not need to be groomed. Another benefit is that if you have bare areas, Bermuda grass can produce incredibly fast lawn coverage, even from seed. And you rarely have to worry about weeds. In a weed fight, most of the time, Bermuda grass will come out the winner. And finally, you rarely have to worry about your soil. Bermuda will grow in practically any type of soil, it is very versatile.

The downside of Bermuda grass’s aggressiveness is that it can easily invade other plants you have in your garden. Or you can invade your neighbors’ property. It just won’t sit still. It can also cause problems in farmland areas where Bermuda grass seeds can be mixed with crop seeds, eventually posing a challenge for farmers’ crops when they are both fighting for the same resources. If you ever need to get rid of it, the only way to do it, without poisoning the soil and any other plants in the area, is by digging up its root systems.

Although you will find it in all areas of the country, Bermuda grass has a special affinity for the south. Many parts of the South, such as Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, have temperatures and weather conditions very close to where they came from, making it almost like a second home.

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