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Argentine Bahia Info and Care Tips

Posted at April 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : Tips & Tricks | 0 Comment

South Florida Sod Information

Argentine Bahia

This variety of grass hails from – you guessed it – Argentina.  Argentine Bahia might have originated on another continent, but here in the North American South, it is a favorite for pasture land, Southern lawns and areas that stay consistently moist.  Select Argentine Bahia as your turf and you will witness:

  • Extreme amounts of forage.  That’s what originally made this hybrid famous – its ability to generate thick areas of coverage.
  • Major difficulty with shade.  A hardy grass, Argentine Bahia nonetheless doesn’t seem to need much of a break from the steady Florida sun.
  • Water makes a huge difference.  It takes a while for these seeds to germinate and it is extremely important that the field be properly irrigated in order for this to occur.  The high humidity in Florida’s air helps the grass thrive.
  • Fertilization needs are small.  Higher rainfall seems to be more important for this Bahia’s continued success.
  • If it is used for pasture, you will witness a group of fully satisfied cattle.  It is said that Argentine Bahia has a pleasing taste – not that we recommend trying a blade yourself! 

Bahia grass is an attractive Floridian pasture grass that with proper care and handling will maintain a healthy and attractive appearance for many years. This maintenance sheet is designed to introduce you to proper care and handling of your new lawn. To provide your lawn with a healthy and attractive appearance for today, tomorrow and the future.

Bahia Care Tips

The fertilization of your new lawn is an important factor of its maintenance program. Your lawn should be fertilized at least twice a year with a complete fertilizer. (i.e. 10-10-10 or 16-4-8) Occasional fertilization with an iron-based fertilizer may be required if the lawn starts to develop a yellow color.
If your lawn is fertilized two or more times a year, it may be necessary to mow your lawn every 7 to 10 days. The blades should be cut no less than 3 – 4 inches in length and not cutting more than 1/3 of the total blade length. The mower blade should be kept sharp at all times to prevent the grass from having a dull gray color.
Your lawn should be watered on an “as needed” basis. You should apply 3/4 of an inch of water each watering. Bahia is the most drought-tolerant of all Florida grasses, and will usually recover from drought injury with rain and/or irrigation.
Bahia grass is one of the least pest effected Florida grasses, however it is still effected by mole crickets and lawn caterpillars. Please check with your County Cooperative Extension Service for the current control recommendations
The major disease that effects Bahia grass is Dollar Spot Disease. This is recognized by scattered brown spots on the lawn. This disease can be remedied by a light application of nitrogen.

Note: AIG Lawn and Landscape LLC, is not a licensed pesticide agent nor recommends that you do this yourself.

 

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