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What is Bermuda Grass Seed?

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Bermuda grass seed is a type of seed that can be planted in order to grow Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is native to Africa, Asia, Australia, and Southern Europe. Prized for its tough nature and blue-grey hue, Bermuda grass is both highly sought-after and despised by homeowners everywhere. Contrary to popular belief, Bermuda grass does not come from Bermuda.

In fact, this type of grass gained its name as a result of its invasive properties. Bermuda grass invaded Bermuda, though it was not entirely wanted. Following this invasion, it became widely known as devil grass. Today, Bermuda grass can be found all over the globe, and it is especially popular on sports fields. Bermuda grass is particularly abundant on golf courses, where it has been proven highly efficient. Since Bermuda grass is incredibly durable, it can easily grow back after becoming trampled or ruined.

In fact, its durability is the number one reason why many consider this grass a weed. This grass has the ability to take over other crops, and it is incredibly difficult to remove once it has settled into a garden. In areas where Bermuda grass has become a nuisance, homeowners have devised ways to eliminate this grass from their lawns.

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Bermuda grass thrives when it is placed in direct sunlight, though it does not do particularly well when it is placed near shady areas. The grass can be found in abundance within the southern United States due to the warm climate within the southern region. Homeowners wishing to plant Bermuda grass seed can order the seed from various retailers across the globe.

Bermuda grass is able to withstand drought and high-heat conditions, which makes it an ideal grass for a number of climates. Still, the grass seed will flourish only in those areas that are warm. Aside from the aesthetic beauty, Bermuda grass seeds can also be used for various medicinal purposes.

Studies from the University of Allahabad in India have shown that Bermuda grass may contain antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Thus, Bermuda grass seed is used to treat urinary tract infections, prostatitis, syphilis, and dysentery in some countries. Research into the actual medicinal value of Bermuda grass seed is presently being conducted in North America.

When purchasing Bermuda grass seed, choose a retailer that can list the origins of the seeds. Depending upon the country of origin, Bermuda grass can have a deeper gray tinge to it. In fact, some forms almost appear purple in color. The grass will not grow particularly well in colder states, since winter snow is often too harsh.

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