The Very Best and Worst Traits of Bermuda Grass

Traits of Bermuda Grass – Compared to other warm climate lawn options, Bermuda grass is quite inexpensive to purchase,

has delicate soft foliage and pleasing appearance, and withstands wear and tear quite well.  However,

there are also some equally compelling negative traits which should be taken into account before a final decision

being made as to whether or not to purchase and install a new Bermuda grass lawn for our homes.

Positive Traits of Bermuda Grass Lawns

Traits of Bermuda Grass – Bermuda grass is one of the most economical turf options when deciding on a new lawn type. 

This lower cost is because of how quickly a turf farm can develop a new crop of this bud variety and how many plants

they can produce each year when compared to other lawn kinds acceptable for warm climates, rapid growth rates mean more

affordable prices for the consumer. Overall, Bermuda grass is a dependable and rugged lawn type; it can take quite

a bit of neglect and still be restored to health with comparative ease, this reliable grass can resist and fight many

kinds of lawn pests and diseases. It can be treated for insects and disease with almost all available weed, pest, and fungus

treatments, whereas many other lawn kinds might not be suitable for treatment with these same remedies.

Lawn mowing heights can differ when growing Bermuda grass in different environments,

it can be moved higher in color to make the lawn a little more shade tolerant, or it can be mowed very low with a chainsaw when grown in full sun. 

With this said, this lawn kind will not look its most beautiful, nor will it keep nicely over time if the height of the lawn is kept too large.

Further, Bermuda has a beautifully soft and beautiful leaf that’s appropriate for children and pets to play on and c

a be pleasing to the eye.  Any harm from the play will ordinarily be self-repaired reasonably quickly if the lawn is being kept in

good general condition. Therefore backyard sports and a little mischievousness from the household dog will not trouble this lawn at all.

Drought tolerance of Bermuda lawns can be very high if the park is adequately trained to develop a more in-depth root system,

via less frequent watering schedules.

Negative Traits of Bermuda Grass Lawns

Traits of Bermuda Grass – Along with the positive traits of this popular lawn, variety is a few negative aspects, which must also be taken into account

and considered before choosing this lawn type.  Keeping in mind also that there is no such thing as an ideal grass sort,

only a grass that is perfect for our own needs and requirements.

A Bermuda lawn, which is regularly mowed at higher heights, will probably be prone to thatch. 

De-thatching the park may be needed every so often to keep this thatch level under control. 

Also, Each lawn will probably be different as to any thatch buildup, with a few gardens requiring de-thatching annually,

and many others once every several years or maybe never. Bermuda grass is a full sun turf, which will always work

at its best in full sun or higher sunlight conditions. 

The more shade is apparent; the more likely the lawn will perish in those affected regions. 

So hoping that our Bermuda grass lawn will nicely grow from a complete sun backyard and under our favorite willow tree,

may not be a reasonable assumption,

that willow tree may just need to have some different sort of shade-tolerant ground cover under its drooping branches.

This lawn assortment can also be vulnerable to almost all lawn weeds,

pests, and diseases.  A healthy lawn will naturally resist any infestation of those lawn problems, and virtually

all treatment options for weeds, pests, and bugs will work very nicely with Bermuda turf. Lastly, when the lawn is kept in good condition,

this may mean that Bermuda grass will demand more frequent lawn mowing because of its sometimes rapid growth

rates during the warmer growing seasons.  That can be somewhat controlled by applying a little less fertilizer and water into the lawn. 

The same healthy growth rate can also see

Bermuda grass runners creeping into surrounding garden beds a little more quickly than other grass types.


As stated before, there’s no one ideal lawn type for everyone or every yard, each kind of turf has positive and negative attributes,

and it is up to us as homeowners to choose carefully and wisely which grass is going to be the best choice for our homes and our requirements.  

A little research and homework can ensure we want the best turf for your own needs.