Bermudagrass Is Spreading North

July 29, 2013
  • Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass in Nebraska

Bermudagrass is spreading north into Nebraska.  This grass type is not a good choice for our climate.  It is more of a southern grass but with the warming climate it has found its way here. We currently have it on 3 yards.

Southern Grass

Bermudagrass is valued for its exceptional heat and drought tolerance in southern state.  Its capacity to withstand heavy use and recuperate quickly are beneficial. This combination of qualities leads many lawn owners in the United States to rely on Bermudagrass for its toughness and resilience. But Bermuda’s climate requirements do limit its use. Depending on where you live and how you use your lawn, Bermudagrass may be a leading choice for you, but probably not in Nebraska. This grass requires full sun and great drainage. It is heat, drought, traffic and salt tolerant.  If your desire is this grass it is very high maintenance and requires high nutrients.

The Basics

It is not exactly known when it arrived in the U.S. but documents dating back to 1807 show it was already established as one of the primary grasses in southern states. Bermudagrass is a perennial warm-season grass, meaning it comes back every year and grows most actively from late spring through hot summer months. Zoysia grass would be a better southern choice or better yet any cool-season grasses, such as turf-type tall fescue.

Removal

Though most Bermuda’s roots stay within 6 inches of the surface, they can reach 6 feet or more in depth. The only way to remove it is with sequential applications of round-up while it is actively growing. Unfortunately, this is not an organic option but is the only option other than leaving it be.

Find out, from Iowa State University, how to tell if you have bermudagrass.

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