Bermuda grass lawns are common in
It is relatively easy to maintain, and makes a tough lawn for playing
fields, parks, and other places where the lawn is used for more than
looks. But when it sneaks into gardens or irrigation canals its
name is changed to devilgrass.
In my yard, bermuda grass grows deep
and soft, like a
tumbling mat. A good play area for kids and grand kids.
I've always thought that a yard where kids have to stay off the grass
is a waste space.
These stolons, long stems growing
along the ground, may be
several feet long. Any place a node of the stem touches soil it
can put down roots and become a clone.
Here are the flowers of the Bermuda
grass. They don't
look like much, but since they are polinated by wind, looks and smell
don't matter. Those who are allergic to grasses wnat to cut the
lawn before it flowers.
This is the underground stolon, it
burrows hoizontally for
long distances, and as much as 6 inches deep. Every node is
capable sprouting both roots and shoots. This is what earned it
the name "devilgrass, especially when te stolons intertwine among the
roots of prize garden plants.
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