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Bermuda Grass Sod
Bermuda grass sod also known as Bermuda Sod are created mainly out of hybrid grass or some times from improved common varieties. The hybrid Bermuda grasses do not produce seed and are propagated by vegetative method like Bermuda sod. The hybrids are very fine in texture and expensive than common varieties such as Sahara. Bermuda sod requires extensive care and maintenance for growth and development.
So why and when will you use Bermuda grass sod instead of seed?
Bermuda seeds take time (about 7 to 10 days) to germinate and then 60 to 90 days to get fully established. If you are planning to cover a large lawn or a turf, it may take a year to fully cover the area. Also, the grass grown out of the Bermuda seed may not be very dense and uniform as you would like in a golf green.
Bermuda sod, which are like cut outs of Bermuda grass beds, provides an instant coverage with green grass. The sod quickly takes root in your lawn to produce dense and lush green coverage. While Bermuda seed can be sowed only from mid-May to mid-August, Bermuda sod can be laid out throughout the year till the ground is not frozen. For best results, Bermuda sod should be laid out from mid-March to November.
Typical Bermuda Sod Grass
Out of the improved common varieties of Bermuda Grass, Ormond and Tifdwarf are often used as Bermuda Sod.
Bermuda Sod Stack
Here are some of the hybrid types used in Bermuda Sod.
Tifway Bermuda (T-419) is a super sod. The color of the grass is dark green with medium fine textured leaves. It is a dense grass with a medium to low growth. However, the growth of this variety is quick. It grows best in hot climates when soil pH is between 6.5 and 7.2. It remains dormant after frosting. It is drought tolerant.
With proper maintenance it can also recover from pest damage. It's generally propagated as sprigs or as sod. Tifway Bermuda is commonly used on golf course fairways and tees, sport fields and in landscapes.
Tifway Bermuda Grass
Other hybrids that are commonly used as Bermuda sod include: Tifgreen, Tifgreen-II, Tiflawn, Floratex and such. There are lot more varieties of hybrid types that are also used as Bermuda sod. You should check with your local sod retailer and find out the best match for your soil type.
Find out the most popular hybrids that make great Bermuda sods: Bermuda Hybrids
Here is full information about: How to lay Bermuda Sod
The best time to water a sodded lawn is during the morning time. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease.
Watering new Bermuda Sod
1. Apply one inch of water immediately after the sod is laid.
2. Water the sod daily and ensure that the top one inch of soil is kept moist. This needs to continue until the sod is rooted to the soil
3. After that, apply one-fourth inch of water every third day for nine days.
4. Next apply one-half inch of water every fifth day for ten days.
5. After the sod is established, apply one inch of water per week for the rest of the growing season.
6. You should also consider rainfall before deciding how much of water to apply.
By Raj Bhattacharya
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