Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed

Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed

Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed


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Pensacola Bahia Grass Seed Information

  • Planting Time: Spring/Summer
  • Type: Permanent
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Applications: Lawns, Pastures and Roadsides
  • Germination Period: 12 – 24 months (full pasture)
  • Climate: Southern United States
  • Seed Rate – 5–10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. (new lawns); 25-100lbs. per acre (pastures)
  • Seed Depth – ¼ inch


This fast-growing grass is popular in the Southern United States, especially Florida. In fact, it is estimated it covers 2.5 million acres in Florida alone. Ranchers prefer this grass because it tolerates a wider range of soil conditions, is easily established, withstands close grazing, can produce moderate yields on low fertility soil and is relatively insect and disease free. Pensacola Bahia tends to survive in sandy soils and has some cold tolerance. However, a moderate frost can kill top growth. In Florida, it germinates on both upland well-drained sands and the moist, poorly-drained flatwood soils of peninsular Florida.

Care and Maintenance

  • Planting Conditions: Good Seed Bed
  • pH: 5.5-6.5
  • Recommended Fertilizer: OK to soil test
  • Watering Requirements: Keep soil moist
  • Mowing: Very Little; Grazing: Yes

Planting Instructions (Lawns)

  • New Lawns – 5-10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
  • Overseeding – 2-5 lbs. per 1000 sq. Remove unwanted vegetation then spread bare spots with seed either by hand or with a spreader. Lightly rake, making sure the seed is no deeper than ¼ inch.

Planting Instructions (Pastures)

  • New Pastures – 25-100 lbs. per acre.