Warm-Season Grasses: Special Considerations
Because of slow germination and seedling growth, warm-season grasses may take two years to reach their maximum growth potential. Stands that appear poor at the end of the first year usually develop into good stands the second year. It is important to evaluate the stands at the end of the seeding year. If there are at least 1 to 3 seedlings per square foot in September, the stand is adequate.
If properly managed, a stand of warm-season grasses can last for many years. Because of the expense and difficulty of establishment, these grasses are best used as permanent sod pastures or hay fields. They are not as well suited for crop rotation as are cool-season forage crops, and should not be used for this purpose.