How to Maintain Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass is a warm-season turf grass that is used in residential lawns, as well as parks, golf courses and athletic fields. Bermuda grass is drought-resistant and withstands heavy foot traffic. Due to its vigorous growth pattern and spread rate, Bermuda grass hardly ever suffers from weed problems. The only caveat to planting Bermuda grass is that it requires more frequent mowing than other warm-season grasses, because Bermuda grass develops seed-heads if it grows to 4 inches or longer. Bermuda grass is best grown in subtropical, tropical and other warm climates.

Step 1

Water your Bermuda grass evenly, soaking the soil to a depth of about 6 inches only during prolong dry spells or droughts in the growing season. Water the grass once or twice each week during the dry spell.

Step 2

Mow your Bermuda grass twice or three times each week during the growing season to maintain a grass height of ½-inch to 1 ½ inches. Avoid cutting more than one-third of the total grass length in a single mowing.

Step 3

Feed your Bermuda grass lawn once each year in early spring with an all-purpose lawn fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the package for dosage and application.

Step 4

Control mole crickets, sod webworms and armyworms by spraying your Bermuda grass with an appropriate insecticide. Treat dead spot and dollar spot with a fungicidal spray. Always apply these chemicals according to the directions on the label.

Tips and Warnings

  • Beware of pearl scale insects infesting your Bermuda grass. No effective insecticide or treatment exists to get rid of pearl scale, which feed on the Bermuda grass's roots. Grow Bermuda grass species that are naturally resistant to pearl scale.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose with sprinkler or spray-nozzle attachment
  • Lawn mower
  • All-purpose lawn fertilizer
  • Insecticides (optional)
  • Fungicide (optional)


  • Seedland: Maintenance Practices for Bermuda Grass

Who Can Help

  • Bermuda
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