Taking Care of Bermuda Grass

Overview

Bermuda grass is a warm-season grass that withstands temperatures above 75 degrees F and direct sunlight, which is why it is suitable for gardens across southern United States. This durable grass is used in home gardens, golf courses and athletic fields because it withstands tear and can go without water for several days. Bermuda grass is a pest- disease- and drought-resistant grass that retains its color throughout if watered routinely. Develop a proper care and maintenance regimen for the grass that includes watering, fertilizing and mowing.

Step 1

Water the Bermuda grass lawn once a week to a depth of about 6 inches, using a garden hose or automatic sprinkler system. This depth encourages the grass roots to grow deeper so they protect it from the cold, heat and drought.

Step 2

Feed the Bermuda grass lawn a high-nitrogen fertilizer four times a year. Use one that allows for 1 lb. of nitrogen for every 1,000 square foot area. Fertilize in mid summer, after green up, then repeat application three times every eight weeks. The last application prepares it for winter, when it goes dormant. Read the manufacturer's instructions and precautions.

Step 3

Mow the lawn grass down to 1 1/2 inches during the active growth season. This enhances the appearance of the lawn and controls weeds. Use a rotary or reel-type mower. Dethatch every three weeks to remove accumulated thatch.

Step 4

Inspect Bermuda grass for competing weeds or disease. Follow the manufacturer's directions for applying a pre-emergent herbicide in early spring or spot kill with a post-emergence herbicide during the growing season.

Step 5

Apply Daconil 2787 or any fungicide formulated for Bermuda grass over small, circular brown patches that occur after spring green up. These spots are caused by a fungal disease called dollar-spot. Follow the manufacturer's directions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never over watering the Bermuda grass, as pools or puddles make it susceptible to fungal diseases.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose or sprinkler system High-nitrogen fertilizer Lawn mower Herbicide Fertilizer

References

  • University of Arkansas: Bermudagrass
  • Seedland: Bermuda Grass
  • Lawn Care Guide: Brown Spots in Your Bermuda Grass?
  • University of Florida Extension: Bermudagrass for Florida Lawns
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