Project Description

Barbados (Cynodon)



Cynodon dactylon Barbados/Hollywood


It is best planting during growing season in frosty areas – Spring until Autumn, but can be done all year round.

Warm Season
Drought Tolerant
Heat Resistant
Disease Tolerant
Accommodate Higher Levels of Traffic
Salt Tolerant


Grass Variety Description

What types of lawn will you have?

Pristine high value lawn with fairway like qualities

Where is Africa Lawns Barbados best suited?

Domestic lawns mowed 32mm and shorter. Sports fields – hockey, soccer, netball and athletics tracks.

Barbados will grow actively within all grassland biomes in South Africa. It will outcompete most other grasses in sandy soils and will tolerate high saline conditions.

It is suitable to mowing heights as close as 4.5mm. Beautiful striping, deep olive-green colour and fine leaf texture

Barbados has excellent turf qualities. This is a fine textured Bermuda hybrid, which compares excellently and is on par, with vegetative propagated Cynodon hybrids and is finer than Kikuyu.

Barbadosis even more dwarfed with an upright growth habit, providing a dense stand that tolerates low mowing (minimum 7mm). Summer leaf density is high compared to seeded varieties and similar to the vegetative varieties. Due to good wear tolerance the turf can withstand high traffic levels and will recover fast from damage.

Barbados has good drought resistance with decreased water usage (19% – 29% less than kikuyu). It adapts to varying soil conditions and at maturity needs approximately half as much water as cool season varieties do to survive. Barbados exhibits the highest percentage recovery rate of all the tested varieties from drought due to less leaf wilting. Recovery from drought induced dormancy is also fast.

Maintenance Tips

Water Wise

How much water – 25mm per week during growing season.


This grass can be maintained without an irrigation system.  A shortage of water will result in the grass going dormant (brown).  If water remains unavailable for a protracted period the grass may die.

Although this is a relatively drought tolerant grass at maturity, it still needs regular watering during establishment.  Irrigation can be reduced once the root system is established.


50 g (approximately one handful) per m² of 5:1:5 or 3:1:5 three times a year.

Slow release formulations are recommended, as lawns do best when fertilised little and often.

Fertilizer Requirements: Kgs/100m²/year – 5kg/100m²/year

Pests and Diseases

Take careful note of the symptoms, i.e. spots on leaves, size and location of patches etc. and phone Africa Lawns and speak to their specialist in this field. Remember that insects and fungal diseases know nothing about straight lines, so if you see straight lines look for a man-made problem!

Healthy, actively growing lawn is less susceptible to diseases and insects so don’t skimp on fertilising (you can’t avoid regular mowing!)

Good air flow reduces humidity and helps to avoid disease.  Don’t over water or underwater – both cause stress to all grasses.


Where traffic is excessive the pressure can be reduced by setting paving stones or sleepers into the grass and just mow over the top.  This is a creeping grass and possess the ability to cover bare patches.


The best way to avoid weeds is to have actively growing grass forming a dense canopy that does not allow light through to the soil surface.  Fertilise and mow regularly and you will literally “cut out” the majority of problems.  Ask a specialist before spraying an herbicide.




  • When grass is 50 mm long.  Set the mower at its highest setting (no less than 32mm)


  • Sunny areas 5mm to 32mm (lower heights necessitate twice weekly mowing).

1/3 rd. RULE – Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.

Mowing Frequency (days):

Depending on mowing height. The shorter turf is mown, the more frequent the mowing frequency.

Mowing Height (mm):

7mm – 32mm

Mower Type:

Rotary/Reel? Both, depending on clients need

Aerating and Top Dressing

Spiking or hollow tining: Use a garden fork or tining fork on highly compacted areas. Push the whole length of the tine into the soil to get good water and air penetration.

Top dressing: Creeping grasses may be covered with a layer of soil or compost.  This activity is primarily done to level areas.

Suitable for uses:

  • Residential
  • Golf Courses
  • Specialized Sports Fields
  • Commercial
  • Road Construction – Nutrient poor soils
  • Re-Vegetation Projects

Mowing Frequency (days): Depending on mowing height. The shorter turf is mown, the more frequent the mowing frequency.

Mowing Height (mm): 4.5mm – 32mm

Mower Type: Rotary/Reel? Both, depending on clients need

Fertilizer Requirements: Kgs/100m²/year – 5kg/100m²/year