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Bermuda Grass Variety & Comparison
Bermuda grass has many uses. In fact it is the most widely planted warm season grass. We have created this buying guide to help you choose which of the many varieties
available would be suited for applications ranging from golf courses, sport fields, pastures to home and commercial lawns and more.
We have classified the types of Bermuda Grass Seed we sell for turf,
lawn and pasture usage
into four classifications:
BASIC QUALITY - Choice
for low input / economy lawns
Best with medium maintenance inputs
PREMIUM TURF QUALITY
choice with slightly higher maintenance
- PASTURE AND FORAGE
- Read more below about these
The types of classification primarily apply to the
quality of the turf (density / look / color /
texture) as well as the level
of inputs most likely to be used (fertilization levels, mowing frequency and height,
irrigation available). Generally higher inputs will result in a "better" visual quality of
any particular turf cultivar (variety).
Use of higher inputs on the Premium seeded
varieties will result in the best looking
turf available from seeded varieties.
Inputs alone are not the only factor that will
determine the type and look of the turf you will have. The
genetics behind the various varieties are also important as the more
improved, the more genetics were used in the development of the
variety.... the higher the quality rating.
PREMIUM Quality Bermudas
Higher Input Lawns
The Premium Bermuda grass types can be mowed lower (down to around 3/8 to 1/2 inch) and are visually denser (thicker) than basic and even medium quality Bermudas. Most Premium Bermuda
grass varieties require more frequent fertilization to achieve their best appearance. Mowing every 3-5 days per week is
needed at lower heights to maintain a good leaf
look. You will find these types of grass in use on premium
lawns and on higher end golf course fairways.
The use of a reel mower is required if grass height is maintained below
1". Skipping a mowing, if maintained at low heights
(below 1"), can make these grass types look stemy / brownish... thus regular scheduled maintenance is important for these Bermuda grass varieties. They are, however, the only
varieties that are suitable for home putting greens. They are also used on home lawns, fairways and tees where professional maintenance occurs throughout the week.
Generally these lawns look best with higher
maintenance & care. With higher mowing
heights the mowing frequency can be extended
out to around 5-7 days on these varieties
providing a great premium quality home lawn.
These Premium varieties are the BEST of the
seeded types and are approaching the quality
of premium hybrid (sodded) types in turf
Examples of Premium Bermudas.
MEDIUM Quality Bermudas Medium Input lawns
These varieties can also
be mowed lower (than common generally is) and still present a nice more dense
look. However they tend to look better when kept mowed
slightly higher, with
above 3/4 inches to 2 inch height ideal (best around 1.5 to 2).
You will find these types of varieties on commercial sites, home
lawns, and even sports fields and your average type golf course
More Medium Quality Bermudas are planted for turf-quality home lawns and fairways than the other varieties. Mowing frequency
is around 5-7 days depending on maintenance
mowing heights and on site conditions and
maintenance issues are consider medium
input. Part of the attraction of these
varieties is their economical cost compared
to sodding hybrids or planting the seeded
premium quality varieties, yet still
achieving a fairway quality look.
Examples of Medium
Quality Bermudas Lower Input
The basic seeded varieties can make
excellent lawns when properly cared for. For the average home lawns Medium Quality or Basic Quality seeded Bermudas are the better choice. Basic Quality (low input) Bermudas are also the
most economical to plant. Generally mowed above 1.5" , they require less frequent mowing (5-7 days wk) and are more forgiving if not kept on schedule. They are more coarse and open but
still can make a beautiful lawn if correctly maintained.
Examples of Basic Quality
BERMUDA GRASS SEED
VISIT NTEP.org to see how various
Bermuda varieties rank in relation to
each other as rated by turf experts
and view in actual plot trials.
Comparison of Bermuda Grass Turf Quality
Ranked below from what is considered the finest
texture/highest density at top to the lowest...
(relative rankings / turf agronomist opinion)
Extremely Fine Bermuda Grass
Putting Green Quality:
Champion veg., Baby veg., FloraDwarf veg., TifEagle, Tifine veg., etc. - super dwarf & very fine, very dense vegetatives (non-seeded) used on putting greens (These are difficult to winter
overseed due to extremely dense growth).
Premium bermuda grass is generally more expensive but are the best quality Bermuda Grass types available.
This bermuda grass is used on Golf Fairways, Sports Fields & Superior Quality Lawns:
We recommend and sell these premium Bermuda Grass Seed varieties:
We also sell premium bermuda grass plugs Tifway 419 Bermuda Grass Plugs and
Celebration Bermuda Grass Plugs.
All of these premium bermuda grass types have fine texture,
excellent cold tolerance and density. They can be used for golf course tees, fairways and roughs, plus possibly on some putting greens where vegetative Bermuda grass types are not available or due to circumstances, are not the best choice.
These premium Bermuda Grass Types are also an excellent choice for sports fields, parks, schools and
lawns. These premium Bermuda Grass varieties are cold tolerant and suitable for usage in the Transition Zone.
Tifgreen & Tifdwarf are fine textured, high density, vegetative
Bermuda grass types, available as sod (non-seeded) for putting greens, tees & some fairways plus occasional sports fields & parks. Check with your local sod dealer/producer for
Medium quality Bermuda grass is generally the best buy in quality for the money!
The medium bermuda grass class is used for midrange quality Golf Fairways, Lawns, Parks, Schools, Sports Fields and Home Lawns.
We recommend and sell these bermuda grass seed varieties and blends in the medium quality class:
These are the newer generation seeded bermuda grass types, with medium to medium-fine texture, good density, and reduced height
& growth rate. These bermuda grass varieties are excellent choices for fairways & roughs on golf
courses, plus sports fields, parks, schools, home and commercial lawns.
The Basic Bermuda Grass types are used for average lawns, parks, schools, open areas, play fields and pastures.
We recommend and sell these bermuda grass seed varieties and blends in the
Basic quality class:
- Sahara Bermuda Grass - A Certified bermuda grass that is a
step above Common Bermuda grass.
- Common Bermuda Grass - is the original field selected variety
from which improved seeded varieties originated.
Basic quality bermuda grass has variable texture, color and density. These bermuda grass types are seeded varieties that are considered medium to medium-coarse textured with lower turf
bermuda grass type is occasionally used on
golf roughs, but more commonly planted as sports fields, parks,
schools, home lawns and roadsides, and pastures.
Since the days of old, man has constantly strived to improve upon the original Common bermuda grass. Much of the development of improved bermuda grass cultivars has been in the area of
lawn use as per demand. Some of the species developed for lawn use have been discovered to be stellar performers in the pasture and forage use category.
Below you will find the improved pasture varieties as well as your common bermuda grass for pasture and forage use.
*Ratings provided courtesy of Mike Hills, Turf Agronomist for Seed Research.
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