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Bahia Grass - Should I Seed or Sod?

by Ernest
(Callahan, Florida)

Your Question: I have St Augustine grass, that is 90% weeds. I want to remove the grass and either seed or sod using Bahia grass. What should I do? Also what type of Bahia grass do you recommend? Thanks.



ANSWER:

Are you planting Bahia because you want a low maintenance lawn? Bahia is best used in pastures and as a utility turf along roadsides, it's not the best choice for a lawn. It goes to seed quickly between mowings and the stems do not cut cleanly - it often needs to be double cut or mowed frequently to make it look nice. Bahia also tends to have a "stemmy" rough feel on bare feet and a sparse, thin growth habit.

If you want a nice lawn St. Augustine, zoysia or bermuda grass are better choices.

That being said, 'Argentine' is the best type of Bahia for lawns. It makes a decent low maintenance lawn. I have not heard of any improved varieties over 'Argentine'.



This late in the season I would recommend sodding. Sod will establish quicker than seed and lessen the chances of another weed invasion. Of course sod is a lot more expensive than seed.

Bahia sprouts quickly from seed, however the ideal time to plant Bahia seed is late spring/early summer. The reason for planting at this time is to give it a good start heading into cooler fall temps.

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