How to Get Rid of Bermuda Grass High Yield


Bermuda grass is a common lawn grass planted throughout the southern and midwestern United States. The grass is low-growing and drought tolerant, but because of Bermuda grass's fast growth and invasive nature, outside of these areas it is thought of as an invasive weed. If Bermuda grass has crept into your lawn, it can be very difficult to remove. The grass spreads underground through rhizomes as well as across the surface of soil in stolons. The best method to remove Bermuda grass is to strip your lawn of sod and re-plant the grass.

Step 1

Mow your lawn so that it is only 1 inch tall to facilitate easy removal of sod from your lawn.

Step 2

Rent a gas-powered sod cutter from a lawn or garden store. Gas-powered sod cutters are operated similarly to gas-powered tillers.

Step 3

Set the level of the blades for cutting away sod from your lawn.

Step 4

Start the sod cutter and push it over your lawn in 16-inch strips.

Step 5

Roll up sod and pile it in a compost pile to naturally decompose.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wait for a day with no wind to apply herbicides to avoid transmitting the poison to desirable plants. Humans can absorb herbicides through the skin as well. Always wear proper protective clothing and shower immediately after using an herbicide.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • Sod cutter


  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Sod Production in Florida
  • Extension: I have large patches of bermudagrass in my bluegrass lawn. How can I remove these patches?
  • Utah State University Extension: The Losing Battle Against Bermuda Grass

Who Can Help

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Service: Bermudagrass Lawns
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About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."