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Bahiagrass Fertilizing


Bahiagrass fertilization schedules vary depending on the amount of heat the particular area you live in receives during the year. It is best to use the USDA zone you live in for guidance as to when to Fertilize


Use the link above to locate your zone and then use the following chart as a guideline.

Zones 7 and 8                   March and Aug

Zone  9                            March and September

Zones 10 and 11                February and October


16-4-8 or 15-4-15 are both good fertilizers for Bahiagrass. Fertilizers with the addition of Iron are recommended as Iron supplements will contribute to a darker green color in a bahiagrass lawn. 2-4 Pounds per 1000Sq Ft with northern most areas receiving more fertilizer and southernmost areas receiving less is the annual Nitrogen application rate.

Since Bahiagrass prefers a more Alkaline Soil the use of lime is highly recommended. Most experts recommend that you have your soil tested to determine how much lime to add. Most of us are reluctant to go to that extreme; in that case the recommendation is to use 40# of granular lime per 1000Sq Ft Once per year. Lime can be applied at any time but my preference is to apply it after aerating and fertilizing.


Bahiagrass Watering


The watering requirements of Bahiagrass is similar to that of Fescue’s. Water only when necessary; that is, when the grass shows signs of needing water. The signs to look for in Bahiagrass are that the leaf blades begin to fold up, the leaves may turn a blue gray in color and when footprints become visible in the grass. Even them only water at the rate of ¾ to 1 inch of water.


For those of you that own a Bahiagrass lawn watering may not be a major consideration. Florida and the coastal gulf states seem to get regular rain and lawn and garden watering may not be as serious a concern to you as it may be to owners of lawn in other areas. Lucky!