Bermudagrass is a medium- to fine-textured warm-season turfgrass that spreads by rhizomes and stolons. It has excellent heat, drought, and salt tolerance and rarely needs irrigation to survive in North Carolina. Many varieties do not do well in shade, but newly created varieties possess improved shade tolerance and can be successful in moderate shade. Bermudagrass is the most widely used species on athletic fields and golf course fairways / tee boxes due to its high wear tolerance and rapid recovery. It is also very popular in home lawns. Like all warm-season grasses, bermudagrass goes dormant during the winter months. Bermudagrass lawns perform best when mowed at 0.75 to 1 inch using a reel mower. However, good performance can be achieved with a rotary mower with sharp blades set as low as possible without scalping.

Uneven ground can make mowing below 1 inch difficult. For this reason, a 1- to 2-inch mowing height is recommended when using a rotary mower.

A yard of Bermuda Grass