Bermuda and Bahia, both warm-season grasses, are typically planted in areas that see high temperatures and frequent drought conditions. They are not suited for planting in the Northern United States because they do not fare well in cold weather.
As one of the tallest lawn grasses, Bahia should be maintained between 2 and 5 inches in height to remain healthy. Bermuda grass falls at the low end of the spectrum, with an average mowed height of 1 inch. With either grass, it is important to never cut more than one-third of the blade height in a single cutting.
Bahia grass does not need to be fertilized as often as Bermuda. Bahia should be fertilized once in the spring, a few weeks after the grass comes out of dormancy. Bermuda grass should be fertilized monthly to maintain a healthy lawn.
Bermuda grass is quicker to establish than Bahia. Typically, the lawn will be fully established in one year, provided that fertilization is maintained. Bahia grass, on the other hand, can take up to two years before the lawn is established.
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