The popularity and application of Bermuda grass lawns remains almost unrivalled amongst other warm season grasses in many of the warmer regions of the world. Compared to other warm climate lawn options, Bermuda grass is very inexpensive to purchase, has a fine soft leaf and pleasing appearance, and withstands wear and tear very well. However there are also some equally compelling negative traits which should be taken into account prior to a final decision being made as to whether or not to purchase and install a new Bermuda grass lawn for our homes.
Positive Traits Of Bermuda Grass Lawns
Bermuda grass is one of the most economical turf choices when deciding on a new lawn type. This lower cost is due to how quickly a turf farm can grow a new crop of this grass variety and how many crops they can produce each year when compared to other lawn types suitable for warm climates, rapid growth rates mean cheaper prices for the customer.
Overall, Bermuda grass is a dependable and rugged lawn type, it can take quite a bit of neglect and still be restored back to health with relative ease, this dependable grass can resist and fight off many types of lawn pests and diseases and can be treated for pests and disease with almost all available weed, pest and fungus treatments, whereas many other lawn types may not be suitable for treatment with these same cures.
Lawn mowing heights can vary when growing Bermuda grass in different environments, it can be mowed higher in shade to make the lawn a little more shade tolerant, or it can be mowed very low with a reel mower when grown in full sun. With this said, this lawn type will not look its best nor will it keep well over time if the height of the lawn is kept too high.
Further, Bermuda has a beautiful soft and fine leaf which is suitable for children and pets to play on and is pleasing to the eye. Any damage from play will usually be self-repaired fairly quickly if the lawn is being kept in good overall condition, so backyard sports and a bit of mischievousness by the family dog will not trouble this lawn at all.
Drought tolerance of Bermuda lawns can be very high if the lawn is trained correctly to grow a deeper root system, via less frequent watering schedules.
Negative Traits Of Bermuda Grass Lawns
Along with all the positive traits of this highly popular lawn variety are some negative aspects which must also be taken into account and considered before choosing this lawn type. Keeping in mind also that there is no such thing as a perfect grass type, only a grass which is best suited to our own needs and requirements.
A Bermuda lawn which is regularly mowed at higher heights will be prone to thatch. De-thatching the lawn may be required every so often to keep this thatch level under control. Each lawn will be different as to any thatch buildup, with some lawns requiring de-thatching every year, and others once every several years or perhaps never.
Bermuda grass is a full sun turf, which will always perform at its best in full sun or high sunlight conditions. The more shade is apparent, the more likely the lawn will die off in these affected areas. So hoping that our Bermuda grass lawn will nicely grow from a full sun backyard and all the way under our favorite willow tree, may not be a reasonable assumption, that willow tree may just need to have some other type of shade tolerant ground cover under its drooping branches.
This lawn variety is also susceptible to almost all lawn weeds, pests and diseases. A healthy lawn will more naturally resist any infestation of these lawn problems, and almost all treatment options for weeds, pests and diseases will work very well with Bermuda turf.
Lastly, if the lawn is kept in good condition, this will mean that Bermuda grass will require more frequent lawn mowing due to its sometimes rapid growth rates during the warmer growing seasons. Which can be somewhat controlled by applying a little less fertilizer and water to the lawn. This same healthy growth rate can also see Bermuda grass runners creeping into surrounding garden beds a little more quickly than other grass types.
As previously stated, there is no one perfect lawn type for everyone or for every yard, every type of turf has positive and negative traits, and it’s up to us as homeowners to choose carefully and wisely which grass will be the best choice for our homes and our requirements. There are very good reasons why Bermuda grass is one of the most popular lawn varieties in the warmer parts of the world, and there can be major differences between the varying brands of Bermuda turf which are available for homeowners to consider. A little research and homework will ensure we choose the best turf for our needs.