Florida gardeners can choose from several types of lawn grasses, including bahiagrass. It was originally introduced to Florida as a pasture grass, but is also a low-maintenance option for home lawns. A popular cultivar for home lawns is 'Argentine'.
Many people who opt for a bahiagrass lawn do so because of its relatively low maintenance needs. Because bahiagrass forms an extensive root system, it has better drought tolerance than other Florida lawngrasses. Bahiagrass also needs fewer nutrients than other turfgrasses and has fewer problems with insect pests and diseases.
However, bahiagrass doesn't provide the same uniform cover that other grasses do, and some people find its tall seedheads unattractive.
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