This grass will not keep green during the winter in places subject to frost, especially if the surface of the ground be slightly frozen. Nor can it be successfully cultivated where the ground freezes to the depth of six or more inches. Where the climate is warm enough to cause it to thrive, it will soon take possession of the ground. It can be destroyed by repeated ploughings during winter.

In dry, sandy soil it can be made useful for pasturage because it yields well, if not killed by the droughts of summer nor close feeding, hence poor sandy and almost barren lands at the South, if planted with Bermuda grass can be utilized for the keeping of stock, especially sheep. In Austin it is used for lawns, but during cold winters it gives little or no greenness.