Tricks for Improving Bermuda Grass Growth

Bermuda grass is a warm season lawn grass with medium texture found on golf courses, athletic fields and home lawns. Fast growing with complex, strong root systems, Bermuda grass has a dense, green appearance when properly maintained. Simple tricks for improving a Bermuda grass lawn include increasing the amount of sunlight, watering regularly, aerating during the summer and mowing to the correct height.


Sunlight is the energy source that fuels plant growth. Bermuda grass has a poor tolerance for partial sunlight or shady environments. Using outdoor trimmers, cut back adjacent trees, branches and bushes to maximize grass growth.


Bermuda grass is moderately drought-tolerant and can withstand weeks with little or no water. However, the best Bermuda grass growth with the greenest color is achieved by watering Bermuda grass a minimum of once weekly.


Bermuda grass will benefit from light aeration during the summer months and should not be aerated during the winter months or during periods of drought. Aeration is best accomplished by using an aerating rotor to puncture small, cylindrical holes into the top soil.


Mow Bermuda grass to a 1/2 inch height, to remove dead top growth, during the early spring following the last ground freeze of winter. The Bermuda grass will begin to turn green once the soil temperature reaches 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the lawn grass has turned green, cut height should be 1-2 inches in height for best grass growth.

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