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Bermudagrass is a warm season sodding, creeping perennial grass. It
is long lived and spreads by seed, runners and underground rhizomes
(which spread aggressively). It can be found on millions of
acres throughout the USA from Florida to Tennessee / Maryland and
west through much of Texas to California.
Short leaves are 1 to 4 inches long and heights can reach 18
inches in pasture situations. Introduced to the US around 1751, it
is now the most important pasture grass in the South Eastern US with
dozens of hybrid and seeded varieties available. Used for pasture,
lawns, sports field applications, erosion control, highways. Both
seeded and improved hybrid (vegetative only) varieties are grown today.
Most all seeds are are produced in Southern Arizona and California as
seeds in other areas tend to be sterile.
Best on sandy soils. Bermuda has
Pasture and Hay - some varieties are turf use.
Plant 5-10 lbs. per acre in Spring (raw seed) - 10-15 lbs
Very responsive to nitrogen. - Obtain soil test for
Hay should be harvested every 4-6 weeks Should be closely grazed
to maintain quality.
Armyworms and spittlebug; Diseases such as leafspot may occur when potassium
levels are low.
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Planting Bermuda Grass Seed
Grass - PLANTING RATES:
- Lawns: 2-3 lbs. / per 1000 sq. ft. (do not exceed 3 lbs.).
- Pastures: 12-15 lbs. / acre of seed.
Plant on well prepared seed bed in spring to summer.
Seeds should be planted 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Pictured on the right here is Cheyenne II Bermuda Grass.
For detailed information on planting and maintaining bermuda grass pastures see
Bermuda Grass Advantage For Pastures, a PDF document on this site (opens in new
window). This document also discusses popular pasture type bermuda grass varieties Cheyenne II, Mohawk, and Ranchero Frio.
Bermuda variety is most commonly used / planted
variety for both lawns and pastures. However new improved seeded and
vegetative varieties are now very popular and planted in large acreage
numbers for both pasturage and lawns. There are now dozens of
hybrid and seeded varieties to
from. Bermudas go dormant after first frost and remain that way
through winter until spring. Bermudas are often overseeded with
Ryegrasses in fall to provide a green
color and / or grazing in cool months.
Popular Improved Lawn Varieties:
Seeded Pasture Varieties:
Giant and other
Check with your local cooperative extension agent about hybrid sprigged
varieties suitable for forage use in your location.
Learn more about Bermuda grasses at
Seedland.com for quotes on 1000+ lbs.
hybrid, common and improved Bermuda grasses are grown
for forage and hay production throughout the South. Common Bermuda grass
is drought resistant, full sun, fast growing, fast germinating, easy to establish and
provides a low maintenance pasturage. Common Bermuda was used extensively for years and is still
one of the most used pasture grasses grown. These are just a few reasons for using
Bermuda as a forage. Deep roots make the grass very drought resistant with the plus
that it can be flooded for short lengths of time and fully recover.
Newer improved vegetative forage Bermudas
(hybrid sprigged varieties) are usually planted primarily for hay
production. There are also new improved seeded varieties (Such as Cheyenne II, Ranchero Frio Blend,
that can provide excellent cost effective plantings for use for general forage
/ pasture and/or hay
production at a more economical cost than sprigging .
Pasto Rico and
Seedland Forage Blend are mixtures
of common and giant bermuda. Cheyenne Bermuda is one of the
newest seeded forage varieties that is attracting a lot of attention
from ranchers for its excellent performance.
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