Turfgrass – Bermudagrass

(Cynodon dactylon)

Bermudagrass is a warm season perennial that forms an excellent lawn – especially in warmer climates. Optimal growing conditions are when soil temperatures are between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Bermudagrass also features a high tolerance to wear and compaction. Seeded varieties tolerate cold temperatures better than hybrids, although seeded Bermudagrass can become weedy and invasive, moving into unwanted areas of a lawn.

Identifying Bermudagrass -

Bermudagrass features leaves that are rolled into the bud and the ligules consist of a fringe of hairs. The collars are narrow, covered with long hairs, and the auricles are absent.

Bermudagrass sheaths are strongly compressed and sparsely hairy. The leaf blades are relatively short, and only about 1/8 of an inch wide. They are rough along the edges and sharply pointed.

The seedhead forms 3 to 5 slender spikes with oval shaped spikelets forming in two rows.

Common Lawn Problems with Bermudagrass -

  • Poor shade tolerance
  • Does not tolerate cold weather well
  • Can become weedy or invasive
Turfgrass - Bermudagrass

Characteristics of Bermudagrass



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