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Cynodon dactylon
(sy-no-don dac-til-on)

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What about it?

Bermudagrass is a perennial that is native to the tropics and parts of the Old World. It has a creeping form and medium to fine texture. If it receives enough moisture, the grass has a dark, blue-green color.

What is it used for?

Bermudagrass is not common in the northern U.S. but it is one of the principal lawn grasses in the southern United States.

Where does it grow? How do we grow it?

Bermudagrass is reported to have good drought tolerance. It does best in a medium fertility, well-drained soil, and will thrive in a salty soil as well. This grass is also tolerant of intense heat. Plant seeds at a rate of 1-2 pounds per square foot. Bermudagrass grows quickly but should be kept between 3/4 and 1 1/2 inches.

What are its primary problems?

Bermudagrass is quite persistant once developed and might become a pest where you don't want it. Its runners seem to wander off.

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