Warm Season (Southern) Grasses

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  • Warm season grasses thrive between the temperatures of 80-95 ⁰F.
  • The most common warm season grasses are: Bahia, Bermudagrass, Centipede, St. Augustinegrass, and Zoysiagrass.

Warm-season grasses are best suited for tropical and subtropical climates and thrive between the temperatures of 80-95⁰F . Warm season grasses are typically known for their dense lawn cover, and turn brown in color when temperatures become cooler.   The most commonly used warm season grasses are: Bahia, Bermudagrass, Centipede, St. Augustinegrass, and Zoysiagrass.

Bermudagrass
Bermudagrass(Cynodon dactylon)

Germination Period: 4-12 days.  Dark green color (turns brown in cold weather). Fine and thick characteristics. Requires moist earth, acid soil conditions. Grows in sun and warm temperatures. Excellent for general utility, play areas, slopes and terraces.

Buffalograss
Buffalograss (Buchloe dactyloides)

Germination Period: 25-35 days.  Gray Green (turns brown in hot weather). Fine, hairy characteristics. Dry conditions and alkaline soil. Grows in sun and cool temperate weather. Good for play areas and quick cover. Excellent for slopes and terraces.

Zoysiagrass
Zoysiagrass (Zoysie japonica)

Germination Period: 10-15 days.  Dark green, gray green color (turns brown in cold weather). Fine characteristics. Requires good drainage and acid soil. Grows in full sun, light shade and shade within warm climates. Good for play areas, slopes and terraces. Excellent for general utility.

Bahiagrass
Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum)

Germination Period: 21-28 days. Dark green color (turns brown in cold weather). Hairy coarse characteristics. Requires moist conditions and acid soil. Grows in sun and light shade. Warm climate. Good for general utility. Excellent for play areas.

St Augustine
St. Augustine (Stenotaphium secundatum)

The best time to plant is during active growth, which is normally between May and August. Other times may be suitable for sodding as long as the sod is prevented from drying out.  Blue green color. Thick coarse characteristics. Requires moist earth and acid soil. Grows in full sun, light shade and shade within warm climates. Good for slopes and terraces.

Centipede
Centipede(Eremuchloa ophiuroides)

Germination Period: 14-20 days. Light green color. Thick coarse characteristics. Requires moist conditions and acid soil. Grows in sun and light shade and warm temperatures. Good for slopes and terraces.