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Bahiagrass - Paspalum notatum



Warm-Season Grass


Full sun, tolerates some shade

Grows well in sandy, slightly acid, infertile soil

Regular water, but some drought tolerant qualities

Coarse-textured leaf blade, spreads by rhizomes forming a thick lawn




Bahiagrass is a tough, coarse-textured, moderately aggressive warm-season grass that is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions. This grass is used a lot on the Gulf Coast of Florida, but can take a wide range of warm weather climates, doing well in hot, humid areas with high annual rainfall, and can thrive even on poor, infertile soils.

Bahiagrass is a good all-around purpose grass that has increased in use due to it's ability to survive some periods of drought.

Bahiagrass spreads slowly by rhizomes, but when it becomes established it grows aggressively, quickly making a thick, low-maintenance lawn that has some drought resistance.

Because of its coarse texture, uneven growth, and tough stems that are sometimes hard to mow evenly, bahiagrass does not always make a smooth-looking lawn. Newer varieites that have recently come out are more cold tolerant and not as coarse in texture.

Bahiagrass has some shade tolerance and forms a thick turf that crowds out weeds without creating thatch, but it does need frequent mowing to look good.

It's a relatively low maintenance grass with less disease and insect problems than some of the other warm season grasses. While it forms a good cover, the turf quality is not especially high. The biggest drawback of bahiagrass is that it forms a seed head in the summer and fall, which means frequent mowing if you want to maintain a neat appearance. A warm-weather grass, it does not do well in the cold.

Bahia grass is best when used alone. Do not mix it with other grasses.

Unique qualities:

Excellent for low-maintenance turf areas
Poor cold tolerance
Does not need excessive fertilizer

Optimum Mowing Height: 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm)

Grass Types | Warm Season Grasses | Bahiagrass | Blue Gramagrass | Buffalograss
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