How to Care for Bermuda Grass

Overview

Bermuda grass is just as easy to care for as it is to grow. With a simple maintenance plan in place, and faithfully executed, homeowners can look forward to many warm seasons of a lush lawn. Bermuda grass is well known for withstanding the heat, but there are a few things it cannot go without.

Step 1

Fertilize the lawn twice a year. Apply the first application around mid-April, or when temperatures reach 65 degrees in your region. Use a fertilizer that has a high nitrogen content. (Look at the three numbers on the front of a fertilizer bag, the first one in particular. Fertilizer with a high nitrogen content will be numbered 29 or higher.) Wait 6 to 8 weeks to apply the next round of fertilizer.

Step 2

Mow Bermuda grass with a reel mower blade for best results. Cut the Bermuda grass at a height of 1 to 1.5 inches Perform the first cut on the lawn before the dormant season ends, at the same time the first fertilizer is applied. Make the first cut at the 1-inch height and gradually increase to 2 inches as the weather warms. Lower the blade on a rotary mower, if used, to avoid scalping the grass

Step 3

Water the grass weekly during its growing seson. Water to about a depth of 6 inches. Test for proper watering by sticking a screw driver into the ground. (If the tool easily sinks about 6 inches, then the grass has been properly watered. Otherwise, add more water.)

Things You'll Need

  • fertilizer

References

  • Caring for Bermuda Grass
  • Mowing Bermuda Grass
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Stephanie Green is a writer with more than 10 years of experience. Her work has been published in various lifestyle and trade publications, covering parenting, gardening and human-interest stories. Green holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.