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How to Take Care of Bermuda Grass

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How to Take Care of Bermuda Grass

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Overview

Bermuda grass is a favorite for lawns, athletic fields and golf greens in the southern United States because it is drought tolerant, pest resistant and beautiful. You can grow Bermuda grass from seed or sod, and once established, it requires minimal maintenance.

Step 1

Mow your Bermuda grass lawn short, to a maximum height of 1 ½ inches. During the growing season, mow it at least once a week to keep it looking its best. Regular mowing also helps control weeds.

Step 2

Avoid watering your lawn if your area is getting an average amount of rainfall and your lawn is growing decently. Overwatering encourages fungal and insect infestations. If the grass isn't growing well, water it once a week.

Step 3

Fertlize your Bermuda grass lawn four times a year with a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Look on the label at the N-P-K ratio---the first number should be at least 29. A 31-3-9 fertilizer will give you even better results. Apply the fertilizer according to the instructions on the package.

Step 4

Fertilize the first time after the soil temperature reaches at least 65 degrees F.

Step 5

Fertilize a second time about six to eight weeks after the first application, and a third time six to eight weeks later.

Step 6

In preparation for winter, fertilize the third and final time in mid-September to mid-October.

Things You'll Need

  • Lawn mower
  • High-nitrogen fertilizer

References

  • The Basics Of Bermuda Grass Maintenance: Seedland
  • Fertilizing Bermuda Grass: Lawn Care Guide
Keywords: mowing Bermuda grass, watering Bermuda grass, fertilizing Bermuda grass

About this Author

Cheyenne Cartwright has worked in publishing for more than 25 years. She has served as an editor for several large nonprofit institutions, and her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including "Professional Bull Rider Magazine." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Tulsa.