How to Water & Care for Bermuda Sod

Overview

Bermuda is a warm-season grass commonly used in lawns, parks, golf courses and athletic fields in regions with mild winters. Bermuda grass is medium-textured and needs to be planted in lawns with full sunlight. This grass can withstand heavy foot traffic and drought and is more cold tolerant than other warm-season grasses. Bermuda grass requires frequent mowing and watering to keep it green and healthy, however. Bermuda grass is established in lawns by seed, plugs, sprigs or sod.

Step 1

Water your Bermuda grass sod with about 1 inch of water immediately after laying. Water the sod daily to once every three days, depending on rainfall, for the first week or 10 days to keep the top inch of soil thoroughly moistened at all times.

Step 2

Water your Bermuda sod thereafter once a week to provide 1 inch of water in the absence of rainfall. Water the sod in early to mid-morning to prevent fungal diseases.

Step 3

Mow your Bermuda grass for the first time about 10 to 14 days after installing the sod to allow grass roots to establish in the soil. Set your lawnmower at the highest setting.

Step 4

Mow your Bermuda grass as frequently as needed to keep the grass maintained at a height of ½ to 1½ inches. Never remove more than 1/3 of the total grass length in a single mowing.

Step 5

Feed your Bermuda sod about six weeks after installation with a complete lawn fertilizer, according to directions on the package. Fertilize the lawn again once every six weeks throughout the rest of the first growing season.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't apply any herbicides or other weed-control chemicals to your Bermuda sod during the first year after installation. Also, avoid walking on the sod for at least the first 10 days.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose or irrigation system
  • Lawnmower
  • Complete lawn fertilizer

References

  • Landscape-America.com: Sod and Sod Installation
  • WalterReeves.com: Bermuda -- Planting Sod

Who Can Help

  • Seedland.com: Maintenance Practices for Bermuda Grass
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