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The Benefits of Mohawk Bermuda Grass For Pasture
Improved Forage Bermuda Grass
Mohawk Bermuda Grass Seed, when used in pastures, produces an advanced
bermuda grass with increased sod density and cold tolerance. Mohawk bermuda grass has a medium
fine texture and dark green color. Mohawk has delivered improved performance and cold tolerance in Virginia trials as a pasture grass since 1993.
Originally developed as a turf
grass, Mohawk is well know in the lawn grass industry as a good quality, cold tolerant bermuda grass variety that can withstand the temperate weather of the northern transition zone in the
USA. Mohawk is yet another grass developed for lawns etc. that also serves as an excellent pasture grass.
Other benefits of planting Mohawk Bermuda Grass in Pastures Include:
Excellent for Grazing and Hay Production
Strong seedling vigor, Quick coverage,
Deep-rooted for increased drought tolerance
Penkoted™ seed for easier planting and
increased establishment success
Will survive winter conditions better than
most other bermuda grass
Mohawk Bermuda Pasture Grass Advantages (PDF)
Development Of Mohawk Bermuda Grass
Mohawk is an advanced synthetic
turf-type Bermudagrass variety that resulted from the efforts of Lincoln Taylor, turf grass
breeding consultant, emeritus from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the Virginia
Turfgrass Research Center.
The goal was to develop a high quality seeded
Bermudagrass variety with cold tolerance sufficient to survive most severe winters in the
northern transition zone of the United States. This area which is located below the cold
temperate zone is also characterized by hot, humid summers and cold winters. The resulting grass species was the cold tolerant bermuda grass named Mohawk.
Fact: In Oklahoma State University freeze chamber tests
designed to kill one-half of the tested plants, Mohawk bermuda grass
withstood temperatures of minus 6.75 Centigrade. Please note that increased cold may result in delayed green-up for bermudagrass when temperatures warm.
Mohawk Bermuda Characteristics & Planting Information
Type: Warm season perennial
Adaptation: Across the southern 1/3
of the U.S. from California to Virginia.
well-suited to sandy soils but will thrive in most
well-drained loam soils.
Pasture Usage: Mohawk bermuda grass can be used for both grazing
and hay production throughout the spring and summer months under
good management practices.
- Pastures - 15 lbs. per acre
- Tees: 3-4 lbs. / 1000 sq.ft
- Fairways: 100-130 lb. / acre
- Roughs: 100-130 lb. / acre
- Lawns 2-3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Planting Date: Late spring
through early summer when soil temperatures
are 65° F or above. Plow and cultipack to
develop a firm seedbed. Proper firmness is
indicated by a heel print no more than 1/8"
deep in the soil.
Depth: 1/8" depth
Competition from other grasses and weeds is
the number one reason for bermudagrass stand
failure. Taking steps to reduce this
competition will increase your chances of
Fertilizer: Due to varying soil
conditions and types it is necessary to
conduct a soil test each year in order to
supply the proper nutrients. Apply 20-30
lbs. of nitrogen at planting time. When the
new plants start to run, apply 50-60 lbs. of
nitrogen. After the stand is established,
apply 70-100 lbs. of nitrogen after each
Management: If grazed, apply up to
150 lbs. of nitrogen per year in split
applications throughout the summer. Last
fertilizer application each year should be
done 4 to 6 weeks before a killing frost to
increase cold tolerance. Delay grazing until
forage is 8" to 10" tall. Do not graze or
clip for hay shorter than 2." Rotate animals
more often during periods of drought stress.
RANGE MAP FOR
Pasture Bermudagrass Comparison Charts
2005 BERMUDAGRASS TRIALS
*Planted in 2004
DRY MATTER - LBS / ACRE
BERMUDAGRASS TRIALS - Blackstone, VA
Pounds of Dry Matter per Acre
Mohawk Establishment - Read more on
How To Plant Pastures With Mohawk Bermudagrass Seed
NOTE: Mohawk is also used in
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