Care of Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is a turf grass used in sports fields due to its robust nature and ability to quickly propagate. According to the Texas Cooperative Extension, Bermuda grass was introduced during the colonial period from either Africa or India. These days, it is found all over the United States. Proper care of the turf grass requires proper mowing, weed control and planting in well-drained soil free of clay so that roots can extend.

Step 1

Mow Bermuda grass regularly to keep it short and healthy. According to the Texas Cooperative Extension, common Bermuda grass requires a length that is 1 inch or less. More than 1 inch causes the grass to appear unhealthy. Mowing is required every three days to keep Bermuda grass short.

Step 2

Water Bermuda grass between 0.1 to 0.3 inches per day according to rain fall conditions. If it has rained recently, the grass will not require irrigation.

Step 3

Fertilize Bermuda grass with 1 to 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet every month during the growing season. The University of Arkansas defines the growing period as between April and October. Bermuda grass has a high fertilization requirement, especially when used as a sport turf.

Step 4

Test the lawn soil regularly using a store-bought pH test to keep the soil at the correct pH level for Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass does best in a soil with pH between 6.5 and 8.0.

Things You'll Need

  • Mower
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Aerator
  • pH test


  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Bermuda Grass
  • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension: Turfgrass Management of Bermudagrass Football Fields
  • University of Arkansas: Bermuda Grass
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