This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the May number of the Gardener's Monthly the question is asked if any one has tried close clipping of Bermuda grass. This grass will bear any amount of clipping. I have been acquainted with it in Southern Texas for thirty years; have noticed it in every extreme of drouth and moisture, of cold and heat, of care and neglect; have seen it used as meadow, pasture, lawn, and even as a grazing ground for poultry; have seen it kept at full height, subjected to every degree of clipping by the mower; used as pasture for cattle, sheep and horses, and even kept quite close to the ground by the daily grazing of poultry, and I have never seen it show any sign of injury. I planted a plot twenty-eight years ago for a lawn. The site was abandoned four years afterwards and the Bermuda left to contend for itself. All kinds of stock have had free access to it. And now this old deserted lawn is the same bright green spot that it was a quarter of a century ago. Surely in a climate where the winter will not kill it there can be no superior to Bermuda for a lawn nor for pasture-It cures too slowly for a good meadow grass-Has this grass been tried in the North?