Bermuda sod is grown in the Southern part of the U.S. It flourishes in warm temperatures and sunlight. It doesn’t do well in the shade, and grows sparsely in these areas. It is a green color during the summer, turning a brownish shade during the winter. Bermuda grass is said to have come to the United States from Africa. Some say it was brought over as early as the 1500’s, while others say it was here by 1751.
Bermuda sod is made of perennial grass, which means that it survives for at least three seasons. It goes dormant for the winter months or when the temperature drops consistently below 60 degrees. The grass should be winterized sometime in September to make sure it survives throughout its dormancy. During the winter, Bermuda grass is extremely easy to maintain.
Bermuda sod comes out of its dormancy sometime in April. This is when it begins to grow very rapidly, reaching its peak in early summer. Early summer is the best time to aerate your Bermuda sod. Aeration is the process of poking many holes in the soil to bring oxygen into it. This not only promotes growth but guarantees a beautiful looking lawn. Not only does Bermuda sod rely heavily on sunlight, but it also thrives on fertilizer. There are many different types of fertilizer you can buy for your sod, but you might want to test the soil before you purchase any. You can also lime your soil. Liming is the process of adding lime to your soil to raise the pH if it is too acidic.
Bermuda sod is extremely dense and durable. Its density makes it very difficult for weeds to grow among it. Its characteristics have made it very popular for use on golf courses and other athletic fields. Bermuda grass is resistant to a lot of traffic, except in the winter. When Bermuda grass is in its dormancy stage, high traffic should be avoided. In the same sense, Bermuda sod can be mowed so it is very short, unless it is not in its rapid growth stage. Mowing it too short during this time can cause the grass to have a brown tone and also makes it easier for weeds to poke up through the sod.
Bermuda grass used to be sold only in the sod form. There are two main categories that Bermuda grass falls into; the common and the hybrid. Typically, Bermuda sod is made up of the hybrid forms and common forms are found in grass seeds. Some main hybrid forms of Bermuda grass are as follows:
- TifWay 419 - This hybrid is characterized by a darker green color and its fine texture. It is known for being able to withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees, like many other types of Bermuda grass.
- TifEagle - The TifEagle variety of grass comes out of Georgia. It was created as a hybrid in an experimental lab. It resists bluegrass growth.
- TifDwarf - This hybrid grass has smaller and shorter stems and leaves than the other hybrid types of Bermuda grass.
- TifGreen - TifGreen is a very typical hybrid. It is also a dark green color and can withstand high temperatures. It has a slower growth than the other hybrids. This makes it more ideal for residential settings, because it keeps the grass from becoming invasive.
- Tiffgrand - This is billed as a shade tolerant bermuda. It is in early production and we will be happy to provide it. However, we make no claims as to the genetic stability of the cultivar.
All of the different varieties of hybrids have good qualities that make them suitable for a climate like Georgia.
Bermuda sod is an ideal type of sod. It has great qualities and it easy to maintain. While it is not recommended for flower beds due to its density and rapid growth, it is perfect for a lawn that experiences high traffic.
We supply sod throughout Georgia, including:
- Sandy Springs