Bermuda Grass Seed For Cooler Locations
Such as Areas In The Transition Zone
seed varieties 'Yukon' and 'Riviera' have expanded the bermuda grass adaptation area to include parts of the transition zone and other cooler areas of the USA.
There are slight
differences between the Yukon and
Riviera varieties, but both will do well
in Cooler Transition / Northern areas
such as Tennessee to Virginia for
performance on sports fields, lawns, commercial lawns, golf courses... wherever you choose to plant bermuda grass. Yukon and Riviera are both known for
winter survival and cold hardiness.
Yukon Bermuda Grass is denser for good wear tolerance, and will green up 2-3 weeks earlier in Spring and maintain green about 2 weeks longer into Fall. Yukon is somewhat better for resistance to Spring
Dead Spot disease. Yukon has reported in trials to repair "divot" areas faster than many other vegetative and seeded varieties.
- Riviera Bermuda Grass
is slightly more aggressive
and has a slightly faster fill-in once established. Riviera also has decent
resistance to Spring Dead Spot -
just not as high resistance as
Both varieties will germinate in the same time frame and temperature conditions when planted in Spring or early summer. The seed will not germinate until soil temperatures are over 65 degrees F, so you should plan the planting schedule around this. You may mix the varieties if you wish to gain some of both characteristics if desired.
Pictures Of Yukon & Riviera Bermuda Grass
Riviera Bermuda Grass
Yukon Bermuda Grass
Replacing a Cool Season Lawn With Bermuda Grass
Many people have decided to overseed their existing, higher maintenance cool season lawns with one of these cold tolerant Bermuda Grass varieties. To overseed an existing lawn with bermuda grass seed follow these instructions:
Kill or seriously
stunt back the existing grass to
give the new seedlings the best chance
and least competition. Mow to about 1/2 inch height before
seeding. This will slow the growth of
the existing cool season grasses so that
the new bermuda seedlings have a good
4-6 weeks to establish before the cool
season grasses start to re-grow and shade
the bermuda seedlings.
The best planting method is to
slit seed the bermuda seed into the
cool season sod, planting very shallow
OR broadcast the seed and drag a rake
over the area to help stir the seed down
to soil line. The growth regulator
also helps to slow the growth of the
cool season grasses, so they don't need
much mowing during the grow-in period.
This will help reduce damage to the
seedlings while they get established.
Follow the usual directions on time of
planting (above 65 degree soil temp / no
more frost or freeze. In most
Northern / Transition areas best
planting time toward the first of June.
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