Common Bermuda Grass Seeds

Bermudagrass is a popular grass in the Southern United States. According to Richard Duble, a turfgrass specialist with the Texas Cooperative Extension, "Bermudagrass (Cynodon spp.) is a major turf species for sports fields, lawns, parks, golf courses, and general utility turfs in Australia, Africa, India, South America and the Southern region of the United States. It is found in over 100 counties throughout the tropical and subtropical areas of the world."


Tifway (C. dactylon x C. transvaalensis) was an accidental breed of bermudagrass discovered in a seed lot from South Africa. Tifway is known for its darker green color and stiff blades which make it useful for golf course tees and fairways, athletic fields, home lawns and tennis courts. In recent years, Tifway has been improved for other climates. Hybrids include Tifway 419 for harsh summer states such as Arizona and Tifway II for areas with colder winter temperatures.


Savannah (C. dactylon), otherwise known as U-3 bermudagrass, was originally invented by the Savannah Gold Club in 1936. Savannah bermudagrass is relatively cold-hardy and drought resistant. Since its invention, Savannah bermudagrass has been adapted for lawns, athletic fields and golf courses. Savannah grass is modernly considered a basic quality bermudagrass that is slightly more disease- and drought-tolerant than common bermudagrass.


Texturf-10 (C. dactylon) was introduced by the Corsicana Country Club in Texas. This variety is especially popular on golf courses because of its high wear tolarance and dark green color. Texturf-10 also remains green for longer in the fall and recovers more quickly in the spring than common bermudagrass. The only drawback to this variety is its sensitivity to insecticides, which turn the grass a straw-brown color.

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