Types of Bermurda Grass

Bermuda grass is mostly found in southern regions of the United States, the Southwest and southern California. It's used on golf courses, lawns, athletic fields and home lawns. There are two types of Bermuda grass: common and hybrids. Hybrids are considered superior because they're more resistant to disease and have better color, greater density and are weed resistance. On the other hand, hybrids don't produce workable seed.

Common Bermuda

Common Bermuda grass grows on various types of soils and is drought-resistant. When mowed properly and fertilized it serves as a good turf. This grass is often used on home lawns because of its economical advantage and ease in establishing it. Although common Bermuda has unsightly seed heads, it can still be planted from seed or sprigs.

Tifgreen

Tifgreen is fine textured turf grass that's medium green in color. This type of Bermuda grass grows low and is highly resistant to heat, heavy traffic and smog. It's excellent for homes with pets and small children as it can easily take normal abuse, as well as recover from damage. It's also used on athletic fields, golf courses and recreation areas.

Texturf-10

Texturf-10 has a dark green color and medium texture. It can take much lawn traffic and is recommended for playgrounds, lawns and athletic fields. This grass is sensitive to insecticides containing hydrocarbon, as it turns into a straw color when this insecticide is used, according to the Aggie Horticulture website.

Tifway

Tifway, also known as Tifton 419, is an exceptionally disease-resistant hybrid that has a dark green color, although it contains less nitrogen than other types. This hybrid is stiff and has fine green leaves, making it a good choice for golf course fairways. It begins growing earlier in spring than most types of Bermuda grass and is more resistant to frost. Tifway Bermuda can take more wear from golf cart traffic than either common Bermuda or Tifgreen turf and is also resistant to mole cricket and webworm attacks.

Tifdwarf

Tifdwarf is a hybrid that shares several traits of Tifgreen. The anthers of this grass are yellow and it does not shed pollen. It has shorter stems, leaves and internodes than Tifgreen and is slower to establish. This Bermuda hybrid has a darker green color in summer. Its leaves are soft and it produces fewer seed heads.

Tifeagle

Tifeagle is a thick fine textured grass that's mainly used on golf course greens, although it can used in any location that requires turf to be mowed at 3/16 inch high or less, according to the University of Georgia website. It produces a high quality putting surface and has a superior color. This grass grows aggressively and does well in cooler temperatures.

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