How to Feed Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass, a Southern staple among grass types, is well known for drought resistance and fast growth. All grasses require some specific feeding or maintenance regimen, and Bermuda grass is no exception. Feed Bermuda grass frequently; it is a heavy feeder. In spring and summer Bermuda will grow into a lush lawn.

Step 1

Apply a first round of fertilizer high in nitrogen in mid-April when the grass is about half green. Use a spreader to apply the fertilizer or spread by hand, depending upon the size of the lawn. Look for fertilizers with a number ranging from 29 to 31 as its first number to ensure adequate nitrogen. (For example, 31-4-8 is a fertilizer rich in nitrogen.) Thoroughly water after feeding.

Step 2

Give your Bermuda grass its second feeding six to eight weeks after the first treatment, around mid-June. Use a spreader if appropriate. Thoroughly water after feeding.

Step 3

Feed the lawn with 1/3 bag of fertilizer in another six to eight weeks, around mid-August. Use a spreader if appropriate. Thoroughly water after feeding.

Step 4

Apply a bag of winterizer on the lawn in late September to early October. Water the lawn after applying the winterizer to protect and feed the lawn during winter domancy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a fertilizer that has a blend of slow- and fast-release nitrogen to help prevent the risk of chemically burning your lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Nitrogen-rich fertilizer
  • Winterizer (fertilizer)
  • Spreader (optional)


  • Fertilizing Bermuda Grass
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