If you live down South or have traveled there in the past, you've probably encountered Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is a popular, warm-season grass the southern United States. Its excellent ability to withstand traffic, drought tolerance and low mowing height allow it to look great in non-perfect conditions. However, like any other living plant, it needs some essential practices to thrive. It is fairly easy to get Bermuda grass to grow with these practices.
Apply fertilizer in late May, which is about three weeks after the grass turns green. Apply 1/2 to 1 lb. of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of grass. Distribute the fertilizer with a broadcast spreader, following the settings for the spreader on the fertilizer bag. Reapply every four to six weeks during the growing season.
Apply 1 inch of water over the entire lawn each week throughout the summer.
Mow every five to seven days at a height of 1/2 inch to 2 inches. Don't remove more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any mowing.
Core aerate or de-thatch the Bermuda grass lawn every 2 to 3 years to remove the build-up of thatch, which can prohibit water penetration into the soil and cause the lawn to thin out. Do these in early summer to allow the grass adequate time to recover.
Apply a post-emergent herbicide with the active ingredient 2,4-D to control weeds. Apply when the weeds are actively growing and the lawn is not drought-stressed. Follow application guidelines on the product label.