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Sahara II

Improved Bermudagrass


A significant development in seeded bermudagrass, Sahara is the first improved seeded propagated variety to be developed exclusively for turf. It exhibits significant improvements in density, texture and color over common bermudagrass.
Sahara is the product of over 20 years of turfgrass research. It was developed at New Mexico State University by Dr. Arden Baltensperger. Sahara has been studied and evaluated in worldwide trials and research programs since 1986. It was
first introduced for commercial use in 1989.



  • Medium fine texture/dark green color
  • Excellent density
  • Superior drought tolerance
  • Low in thatch
  • Reduced plant height
  • Stunt mite resistance


  • Improved overall appearance
  • Low water requirement
  • Lower mowing heights with less scalping
  • Reduced mower clippings
  • Improved pest resistance


A combination of overall turf appearance with improved durability make Sahara an ideal choice for: Sportsfields, Parks/Playgrounds, Cemetaries, GolfCourses – fairways & roughs, Home Lawns, Erosion Control. Sahara is ideal in mixtures
with Perennial Ryegrass such as “Pro Sportsfield Elite”.

Seeding Rates

New turf: 4 pounds per 1000 square feet or 175 pounds per acre.
Overseeding: 1 to 2 pounds per 1000 square feet or 45-90 pounds per acre.


Emergence: 10-14 days. Germination delayed if soil temperatures are below 65° F.
First mowing: Approximately 21 days (may be longer in cool season). No special mower is required.
First limited use: One week after first mowing depending upon rate of establishment.

Adaptability & Care

Climatic Conditions: Temperate, sub-tropical and tropical climate zones.
Soils: All types
pH range: Adapted to an extremely broad pH range.
Salinity: Can tolerate high saline conditions, however during establishment soil moisture drainage is very important.
Fertilization: 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 1000 sq feet per month during the growing season.
Mowing height: 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches. Best at 3/4 inch or greater.

Quality Assurance

Sahara is a certified variety of bermudagrass protected under U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act, PVP# 8800010. Sale of non-certified seed is prohibited. Accept no substitutes.

Recent Planting Sites

City of Brea
San Dieguito River Park, Solona Beach, California
Sunrise Little League, Woodland Hills, Califonria
Laguna Blanca School, Santa Barbara, California

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