Warm season grass. Will survive in a variety of soils from sandy to clay and other infertile, dry soils. Requires some maintenance. The grass will thin out over time and has a low tolerance to many weed control herbicides. Used extensively in lawns along coastal areas in Florida. Vigorous growing habit requires frequent mowing during hot weather. It has a coarse blade and is not suitable for soils with high a pH.

Bahia grass is drought resistant turf. It does well in lawns and along highways, and its best used in sunny areas in warm humid regions. Its roots can extend up to 8' deep.


Introduced to the US in the 30s from South America as a feed grass for cattle grazing.

Planting: seed or sod

Shade tolerance: moderate

Watering: low, and survives drought. Does well in soggy areas.

Mowing Height: 2" - 4" Mow regularly to avoid the numerous tall seed heads that pop up.

Pests: brown patch, dollar spot, mole crickets

NOTE: Bahia grass is not an aggressive spreader and does not require excessive fertilization. When fertilizer is applied, it should contain iron, especially if the soil pH is 7 or more.