Bermuda grass is native to Africa and is grown in the southern third of the United States as a lawn grass as well as a sports turf. Its ability to grow low thick and green when well-maintained makes it popular on golf courses and it is even used for livestock forage and hay production. There are strains of Bermuda grass that are more popular for lawns than others, such as the Celebrity variety, which has a finer blade and is more tolerant of cold, traffic and shade than other varieties.
Mow hybrid Bermuda grass such as the Celebrity variety to a height of 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches throughout the summer beginning with the first mowing in the spring. Mowing every five to seven days keeps the grass green by mowing only the tips, which does less damage to the leaf. Mowing more than one-third of the blade causes the grass to dry out and wilt. Allow the grass clippings to accumulate to create mulch.
Fertilize a Celebrity Bermuda lawn three weeks after the grass greens up in the spring and every 6 weeks during the growing season. Use 1 pound of nitrogen fertilizer for every 1,000 square feet of lawn. You may need to compute the amount of fertilizer needed to apply 1 pound of nitrogen. For example, if the fertilizer container says the nitrogen ratio is 25-0-0, that means 1 pound of fertilizer is 25 percent nitrogen, and it will take 4 pounds of 25-0-0 fertilizer to equal 1 pound of pure nitrogen per 1,000 square feet.
Provide enough water so the Celebrity Bermuda grass receives at least the equivalent of 1 inch each week. Set out a rain gauge to measure the amount of water added to the lawn by a sprinkler or dig into the soil to a depth of 6 inches with a sharp object. The ground should be moist to a level of 6 to 8 inches.
Obtain a soil test every fall to see what other amendments should be added to the lawn where you are growing Celebrity Bermuda. Contact your local county agricultural extension office for assistance.