Sod Comparison & Differences
Bahia vs. Bermuda

Let's dive into a side-by-side comparison of these two grasses. We're looking at everything from cost and looks to how well they stand up to drought, shade, and foot traffic. Stick around to see which one comes out on top!

Close up photo of Bahia sod
Bahia
vs
Close up photo of Bermuda sod
Bermuda

Cost

Which grass is typically more expensive, Bahia or Bermuda?

Between these two, Bermuda is typically on the pricier side with an average cost per square foot of $0.50. On a per pallet basis, which is usually how sod is sold, this comes out to roughly $250.00 per pallet.

Bahia on the other hand, is a more moderately priced at $0.45 per square foot (on average). This comes out to around $225.00 per pallet.

BahiaBudget Friendly
from$0.30 / sq ft
to$0.60 / sq ft
Bermuda
from$0.35 / sq ft
to$0.65 / sq ft

Editor's note: It's important to remember that both of these are averages based on data from around the country so cost can vary depending on your location. Keep in mind this doesn't include other fees like delivery or installation.

See our sod calculator to get a comprehensive sod estimate.

Shade Tolerance

Which grass grows better in the shade?

Bahia Grass is a sun-lover and typically needs about 6 to 8 hours of sunlight to perform well, with limited tolerance to shade.

Bahia
Shade Tolerance4 / 10
Bermuda
Shade Tolerance3 / 10

Similarly, Bermuda Grass needs abundant sunlight and generally requires at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun a day, struggling in shady conditions.

Appearance

Which one looks better? You decide.

When choosing between sods like Bahia (pictured top) and Bermuda (pictured bottom), personal preference plays a significant role, but understanding the nuances of each type's appearance can guide your decision. Here's what to consider:

Bahia close up imageBermuda close up image

Bahia Grass stands out with its airy, light green blades, providing a durable and somewhat rougher lawn that can handle the hustle without needing much pampering.

Bermuda Grass shines in a brilliant green and has a fine, tight knit, offering a lawn that's both springy to the touch and tough enough for kids and pets.

Drought Tolerance

Which one needs more water?

Bahia Grass boasts excellent drought tolerance, with deep roots that help it stay resilient and green even in prolonged dry periods.

Bahia
Drought Tolerance9 / 10
Bermuda
Drought Tolerance9 / 10

On the other hand, Bermuda Grass is highly drought-resistant, thriving in hot, dry climates and bouncing back robustly from water deficits.

Takeaway: If you're located in a somewhat dry and arid geographic region and are looking for a grass that can handle drought-like conditions, both options are pretty similar from a drought tolerance standpoint.

Grow Zones

Cold or warm weather - which do they prefer?

Bahia is well-suited for growth in warmer climates. The ideal temperature range for laying Bahia sod is between 70°F and 90°F.

Bahia
warm zones
Bermuda
warm zones
transition zones

Bermuda is well-suited for growth in warm or moderate climates. When it comes to laying sod, the ideal range for Bermuda is between 75°F and 90°F. If you choose to lay outside of the ideal range, you can still have success, but it may take a longer time to esablish and require a bit more maintenance.

As you may have noticed, both Bahia and Bermuda thrive under pretty similar climatic conditions!

Traffic Tolerance

Which sod handles heavy foot traffic better?

Bahia Grass is tough and can handle a fair amount of foot traffic with its deep roots, making it not the worst choice but also not the best choice for backyards and play areas.

Bahia
Traffic Tolerance6 / 10
Bermuda
Traffic Tolerance9 / 10

On the other hand, Bermuda Grass excels under high foot traffic, its dense growth and quick recovery rate making it a go-to choice for sports fields and active lawns.

Takeaway: If you're looking for a grass that can handle heavy foot traffic, Bermuda is the better option between Bahia and Bermuda.

Establishment Rate

Which grass grows faster?

Bahia grass, valued for its adaptability and low maintenance, establishes at a moderate rate and offers a durable lawn option especially in sandy and infertile soils.

Bahia
Establishment Rate5 / 10
Bermuda
Establishment Rate8 / 10

Bermuda grass is a fast-establishing, aggressive grower, known for its fine texture and resilience, thriving in hot, sunny environments.

Net, net - if you're looking for a grass that establishes quickly, Bermuda is the way to go.

Pest & Disease Resistance

Which handles pests better?

Bahia Grass boasts robust resistance to many common lawn pests and diseases, making it a hardy choice for less-than-ideal soil conditions.

Bahia
Resistance8 / 10
Bermuda
Resistance7 / 10

Bermuda Grass shows good pest resistance, especially to grubs, but can be vulnerable to diseases such as dollar spot and spring dead spot without proper care.

TLDR - if you're looking for a grass that wards off pests and disease, Bahia edges out the competition.

Let's Pick a Winner

Which sod is better, Bahia or Bermuda?

Alright it's time to count the scores up.

Most blogs or articles are going to give you a wishy washy "it's up to you" speil. That is definitely true. You'll need to choose based on your geographic conditions and what you like most looks-wise.

That being said, if we just compare the scores based on the following measures. Higher is better in this case.

  • Average Cost: 8 for Bahia, 7 for Bermuda
  • Shade Tolerance: 4 for Bahia, 3 for Bermuda
  • Drought Tolerance: 9 for Bahia, 9 for Bermuda
  • Traffic Tolerance: 6 for Bahia, 9 for Bermuda
  • Establishment Rate: 5 for Bahia, 8 for Bermuda
  • Pest & Disease Resistance: 8 for Bahia, 7 for Bermuda

Drumroll please...

All in all, Bermuda comes out on top with a score of 43/60 versus 40/60 for Bahia.

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