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Bring on the Bahia Grass

Is your Bahia grass looking bleak? You don’t want to be caught with dead, patchy grass this summer when you have the tools to make your grass green and healthy right at your fingertips. Lawn care is the name of the game to achieve optimal and lush grass. You might feel like you’re doing enough, but there are always ways to improve your grass care, and it starts with learning. A happy, healthy lawn is attainable with the right care, knowledge, and products. With the best grass care techniques for Bahia grass, Simple Lawn Solutions is ready to take you to school with tips, tricks, and more.

 

What Is Bahia Grass?

Paspalum notatum, or Bahia grass, is a tropical warm-season grass common in many southern and coastal states, though it was first introduced to Florida. For optimal growth, this grass should be seeded or sodded in a location with a consistent temperature of 80-95 degrees Fahrenheit.

This grass has a coarse texture, making it ideal for homes with full-sun exposed lawns. Having a deep and extensive root system, this grass requires little watering as it is able to keep hydrated through it’s deep and extensive root system. As you can see, there are already major reasons why this grass is suitable and more manageable for those living in hotter and drier areas. If you have little irrigation in your lawn, consider Bahia grass for your home.

Proper lawn care starts with learning and adapting to your grass type. Whether you need sod or seed, Simple Lawn Solutions has the supplies you need for adequate grass care.

 

How to Care for My Bahia Grass

Caring for Bahia grass, or any warm-season grass is much different than you might think.

When caring for your Bahia grass, there are two important things to take into account for your lawn care: maintenance and pest management. Maintenance for any turf includes mowing, watering, and fertilization - there are specific grass care techniques for the common Bahia grass. The good news for this grass is that it is less susceptible to pests. Make sure you are equipped with the know-how for sufficient insect and pest management.

Because of the nature of Bahia grass, it is critical not to overwater your lawn. This grass should be watered only on an as-needed basis. Here are some ways to tell if it may be time to change your watering routine:

  •     Low-to-no growth
  •     Brown patches
  •     Change in season
  •     Too little or too much rain

 

You will be watering more frequently to establish roots if you are growing Bahia grass from a seedling. Regardless of what type of grass you have, we want you to be well-equipped and know what to do when it comes to watering your lawn.

Bahia grass fertilization should be done twice a year, in spring and summer, whereas cool-season grass is generally fertilized only once at the beginning of the year. Try this lawn care hack for easy fertilization, and combine propagation with watering in your grass care routine.

If you’re not sure what type of fertilizer your lawn needs, consider doing a soil test and check out our variety of fertilizers available for your grass care needs. This test will help you determine what nutrients are lacking. We know that every lawn is different and want to make sure you can customize your needs.

Do not stop mowing once summer is over - keep mowing as long as the grass grows and continue until the length remains dormant. Following this rule for warm-season grass can mean mowing will continue through the fall months, and may sometimes be year-round.

Not all grass is created equal - it’s essential to pay attention to how your grass is responding to sunlight, watering, and fertilization.

There are more tips and tricks for healthy lawn care for your Bahia grass.

 

What Can I Do to Protect My Lawn?

The best thing you can do for your grass is setting up a lawn care routine. We’ve mentioned lawn maintenance for mowing, watering, and fertilizing your Bahia grass, another way to care for your grass is proper lawn aeration. Consider adding aeration into your grass care so you can achieve and maintain your healthiest and happiest lawn yet.

Aeration occurs by creating small punctures in your lawn, allowing water, sunlight, and nutrients to absorb better into the soil and grassroots. Primarily, lawn aeration is a technique that helps your soil to breathe. This step may be overlooked in average lawn care routines, but it is vital for healthy soil, growing seedlings, and grassroots.  This grass care technique is beneficial for Bahia grass, and many types of common grass for so many reasons:

  •     Promotes growth
  •     Conditions soil
  •     Loosens clay and hard dirt
  •     Promotes drainage
  •     Enhances nutrient availability
  •     Prevents crusting
  •     Safe for pets and children

 

Our Liquid Aerating Soil Loosener is a perfect treatment for lawns that need extra help. Trust us, you’ll want this product in your lawn care routine this season. This product is an excellent alternative to physical lawn aeration. This advanced treatment can penetrate and condition the soil without the use of any sharp tools or spiked shoes.

 

Other Types of Warm-Season Grass

There are so many different species of grass and so much to learn about each one. You’ve passed Bahia 101, but there is always more to learn about your warm-season lawn. Including Bahia, there are several types of warm-season grass:

  •     Bermuda - Known as the “sports turf of the South”
  •     Centipede - Weed-like and low maintenance
  •     St. Augustine - Most prevalent in the southeastern United States
  •     Zoysia - Can also thrive in cooler weather.

 

Looking at these warm-season grass types, you may think that their care would be the same. Although it might seem like that on the surface-level, each lawn will need individual attention depending on soil, nutrients, and other factors.

Putting your lawn care first will ensure you are doing your best at creating your backyard oasis. Whether you’re caring for Bahia or Bermuda, Simple Lawn Solutions has the products you need for proper grass care.

Taking care of your lawn begins with learning more about your grass. Where you live, and your climate will help you narrow down your grass type. Determining if you have a cool season or warm season grass type, will only benefit how you care for your lawn.

 

Remember, grass care begins with you but we’re here to help! Want to learn other ways to improve your lawn care? Visit us to shop and learn more about the products that your lawn needs. 



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