Pensacola Bahia Grass
Pensacola Bahia Grass

Pensacola Bahia Grass is one of the more popular standby, faithful pastures in the Southeast. It is a productive pasture and hay grass. And if maintained properly, it's an excellent forage for hay and grazing. Once established, its deep root system will allow it to withstand the summer droughts that frequently come to the south. This grass will persist for many years. 

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The deep roots are a tremendous benefit of this grass, going as deep as seven to nine feet. It can handle intensive grazing and heavy compaction. Bahia grass is a superb rotation crop: It reduces nematodes, breaks disease cycles and greatly builds organic matter. Taking cropland out and planting Bahia grass for at least two years has tremendous rewards in building soil health, opportunity to graze livestock and tremendously boosting the yields of the next production crop.

Planting Guide

Seed bed preparation as with any pasture planting is important.  Plant 20 lbs. of seed per acre in a prepared seedbed. Plant with a grain drill, or broadcast and then culti-packing in works very well. Planting depth is 1/8" to 1/4" deep. The seed typically takes 28 days to break dormancy and then to germinate and sprout. Moisture at this time in the early stage of growth is critical to getting a good stand.

Having a good soil pH of 6 - 6.8 will help tremendously in helping this grass to grow.  Soil test for N-P-K requirements for your soil. Not maintaining a good soil pH and a lack of fertilizer are the two major causes of poor stands.

This grass is not recommended for home lawns as it does make a seed head rather quickly and will warrant mowing too often. 


Here’s what you can expect when you plant Petcher Seeds’ Pensacola Bahia Grass.

Scientific Name:

Paspalum notatum


Pensacola Bahia is best planted during Spring, however it can handle Fall planting. 

Planting Rate:

20 LBs. / acre