What kind of lawn is best to plant for full sun?

Q: We had to do some work in our backyard recently and now that the work is finished, the area graded and prepared, we are ready to plant a lawn. The area is in full sun, we have an irrigation system but would rather not use it often. What kind of lawn should we plant? 



a house with trees in the background: Bahia grass grows into a strong, low-maintenance turf for a drought-resistant lawn. It is established from sod or seed. Once it is mature, it rarely needs watering, though it will turn brown in drought, it greens up when water is available again. Mow it between 3 and 4 inches high and fertilize it only if it thins or looks off color.


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Bahia grass grows into a strong, low-maintenance turf for a drought-resistant lawn. It is established from sod or seed. Once it is mature, it rarely needs watering, though it will turn brown in drought, it greens up when water is available again. Mow it between 3 and 4 inches high and fertilize it only if it thins or looks off color.

— Jared, Hobe Sound 

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A: Bahia grass is the most drought tolerant grass grown for lawns in Florida. It is robust, drought and wear tolerant and, for the most part, pest resistant; however, not everyone likes the look of the turf produced. A good Bahia lawn has an open habit, which means when you look straight down, there will be some earth showing through. It is the grass I recommend for folks looking for a drought-busting turf.  

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