Lawn Care for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is popular for lawns as it offers a beautiful, lush lawn that is hearty and resilient. However, even though it is known for being drought-tolerant and able to handle moderate traffic, it does require special care. If you know how to care for your Bermuda grass, you will get better results from your lawn. Here are some tips to care for your Bermuda grass to keep it looking spectacular.

Mowing Specifications

To keep your Bermuda grass healthy, you want to maintain the right mowing schedule and techniques. Grasses vary on how they respond to mowing, so knowing the right cutting methods for Bermuda grasses can help you get the best results. Grass blades should be kept about 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in height, mowing frequently. You should never allow the grass to get too long where you need to cut more than a third of the blade. Bagging is not usually required due to the frequent cutting.

Watering Needs

Bermuda grass does not need too much water – overwatering can be detrimental to the growth. Instead, complete a thorough watering once a week, allowing the soil to become saturated about six inches deep. Then, only irrigate as needed.

Fertilizing and Weed Control

Use a nitrogen fertilizer for your Bermuda grass throughout the growing season. For weed control, use pre-emergent herbicides in the spring to protect your lawn, but avoid using herbicides more than three times per season.

Tailoring your lawn care to your grass type is important. One of the benefits of hiring a professional lawn care service is having an expert to provide the right care for your lawn. If you want the best lawn care for your Bermuda grass, considering hiring a pro for your lawn maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass is a warm season grass, is perennial, and grows best in tropical, sub tropical and transition zones.  It loves hot weather, and grows best when temperatures are 90 – 100 degrees F.  It is known as a persistent and aggressive grass, and is hard to kill once it has been established.

The best time to plant Bermuda Grass is late Spring or early Summer after soil temperatures are 65 – 70 degrees F or higher, and all danger of frost is past.  It should not be planted in late Fall.  It is highly desirable on golf courses and athletic fields where heavy traffic damages occur frequently.  However, it does not grow well under shaded conditions.  Bermuda Grass in the United States extends from New Jersey to Maryland southward to Florida and westward to Kansas and Texas.

Bermuda grass has many positive attributes.  The first is that it can be established in 60 – 90 days.  Another benefit is that it can be green all year round in the warmer tropical south.  Bermuda Grass is drought resistant, and grows on many soils.  Down sides include the fact that if not edged properly, it will invade flower beds and other planting sites.  Also, because it grows quickly, it requires frequent mowing and periodic thatch removal.

Bermuda Grass should be kept moist until germination.  Sod should be watered every day or every 2 days until it is fully rooted into the ground.  Thereafter, it should be watered 1-2 inches or water per week.  Bermuda Grass should be kept short and mowed ½ inch to 1 ½ inches tall.

Some higher end lawn care services will mow Bermuda grass with a reel mower. A reel mower is what golf courses use to keep their grass very short and well maintained. Bermuda is a great option if you plan on mowing your lawn with a reel mower.