Bermuda grass is ideally suited for the southern third of the United States.
Low maintenance and supremely resistant to drought, Bermuda grass seeds are planted extensively across such states as Florida, Georgia, Southern California and Texas. Bermuda grass is suitable for multiple uses, and is regularly used as general purpose pasture, for foraging and hay production, for erosion control, and even for sports fields, parks and lawns.
The reason Bermuda grass is so widely used is that it is so versatile. It can grow in a wide range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. It is also capable of withstanding not only drought, but also short periods of flooding.
Bermuda grass seed is available either hulled or unhulled. But what’s the difference?
The short answer is that hulled Bermuda grass seeds are quicker to germinate. This is because they have had their outer seed coat removed by mechanical means, which allows for water to enter the seed quicker, resulting in much quicker establishment.
You might wonder - if hulled Bermuda grass seeds grow faster, then why does anyone ever choose unhulled seeds? Well, the seed coat exists for a reason, to protect the seed during the crucial germination period. Indeed, a long germination period is nature’s way of ensuring survival.
Hulled Bermuda seeds only thrive in certain soil conditions. If anything is less than perfect, be it the moisture levels or the soil’s acidity, then the seeds may die before they are able to successfully germinate.
It is for this reason that hulled Bermuda seed is rarely planted by itself. Instead, to ensure the successful establishment of a planted area, grassing contractors will often plant a 50/50 mix of both hulled and unhulled seed. The hulled seed will germinate rapidly, whilst the unhulled seed will germinate gradually, just as nature intended, ultimately resulting in a lush and even growth.
For more information on the difference between hulled and unhulled Bermuda grass seed, including optimum seed rates and growing conditions, check our dedicated information pages. Click here for hulled Bermuda grass seed and here for unhulled. Alternatively, feel free to give us a call on 352 748 2085.