Lawns: Plant 5-10 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Pastures: 25-50 lbs. per acre.
Used extensively in pastures and road-side grassing throughout the Southeast. Stands colder soil temps, thus can be planted further north in Southern States. Available from both seed and sod sources commercially. But usually planted using seeds. Pensacola Bahia is sold as non-certified seed, thus make sure you buy your seeds from a reputable dealer to receive quality seeds. Florida grown seed is generally of higher quality than seeds produced in other states. This is because of lower "objectionable" weeds in Florida grown seeds.
Pensacola Bahia grass is grown and planted on more acres than any of the other varieties of Bahia. It has been established on several million acres of roads, lawns, pasture, forage and conservation lands in the Southern states of USA since it's discovery in 1935 by Ed Finlayson of the Escambia County Extension Service.
Pensacola has long, slim (narrow) leaves with an extensive root system that grows to depths of 7-10 feet. Pensacola also has more cold-tolerance than the other Bahia's, thus it can be grown further North toward and in the transition zone. Top growth is usually killed by "mild frost", but it recovers fast with warm weather. In colder areas the Pensacola variety produces more early and late season forage growth than the other Bahia.