COMMON NAME Pasture Bahia, Bahia
BOTANICAL NAME Paspalum notatum
HEIGHT Grows 9″+ when left unmowed. Maintain at 3″ to 4″. Don’t let grass get taller than 9″ if you mow.
WIDTH Moderate spread rate
LIFESPAN Long-lived
COLD TOLERANCE 50° F and colder significantly slows growth. Winter semi-dormant.
SOIL TYPE Well drained. Prefers a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Deep roots make it an excellent selection for preventing erosion on sandy, infertile soils.
WATER REQUIREMENTS Does not require irrigation during installment and establishment. Water regularly when required, such as to make up for lack of rainfall. Needs irrigation during Summer, 2 or 3 times per week should suffice. Symptoms of grass dehydration are wilting blades, grass discoloration, or when footprints remain visible after treading through the grass. Overwatering can cause fungus, while underwater can cause grass to dry out and force Summer dormancy. Watering will help dormant grass recover.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Prefers full sun, tolerates dappled shade
FLOWER Prominent V-shaped inflorescence consisting of two spike-like racemes containing multiple tiny spikelets
MONTH OF COLOR Warm-months
FRUIT Tiny, light brown-tan. Inedible.
TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Safe for animals if properly maintained and healthy. Chemicals sprayed on grass as insecticides or fertilizers may be unsafe for animals, read the label.
COMMENTS Bahia is a popular forage grass. Relatively low-maintenance turf with drought tolerance and with less disease and insect damage than some of the other warm-season grasses. Produces an abundance of seed heads from Spring to Fall, which may be undesirable to some, and requires more frequent mowing to prevent seed heads from popping up. Areas that become sparse are more susceptible to developing weeds. Do not overwater, as this can result in weed takeover. Leave the grass alone during the drought period if your lawn lacks an irrigation system and signs of drought become apparent. Dormancy is induced by droughts. Bahiagrass can recover from severe drought after receiving water from either rain or irrigation. Allow semi-dormancy in the Winter. Watering and fertilizing in the Winter, trying to keep grass green, will encourage the Winter surviving weeds to take over. Has a low tolerance for saltwater, shade, and foot traffic. Tolerant to drought, sporadic flooding, and continuous stocking. Originating from South America, this grass is well adapted to the southern Coastal Plain region of the U.S.A.
PRICE Prices vary by area size, call for a quote