Bermuda grass sod is a turf choice that is ideal for hot, sunny areas; it grows quickly and is very resilient to adverse weather conditions. Bermuda grass is commonly used in golf courses for its aesthetically beautiful appearance when well trimmed. It is dense, wears well with heavy traffic and goes dormant during the winter, making it easy to care for during a large part of the year.
Installing Bermuda sod requires the area to be cleared of all weeds. Applying a good, all-purpose weed killer 2 weeks before planting Bermuda sod is usually recommended. Since Bermuda roots grow quickly, till the soil down to a depth of six inches with grass fertilizer mixed in. Bermuda grass likes water, so the lawn needs to be wet before Bermuda sod is laid down.
Bermuda grass needs a lot of fertilizer to survive. While many grasses can get away with one or two fertilizer applications per season, Bermuda grass requires three: in April, once Bermuda grass comes out of the dormant season; 6 to 8 weeks after that; then a final fertilization, 6 weeks after the second fertilizer application, is recommended. Bermuda grass may need a winterizing fertilizer applied in late October to prevent winter injury.
Bermuda sod also requires a lot of water, especially after it has been planted. Water new Bermuda sod 10 days in a row, to ensure the sod takes to the soil properly. After that, Bermuda sod requires 1 to 2 inches of water a week. Penetrate the sod with water to a depth of 8 inches to 1 foot.
Winter weeds like to attack Bermuda sod, so application of weed control is generally recommended around late October. Crab grass is especially fond of Bermuda sod. Applying an all-purpose weed killer to the lawn should prevent winter growth. As long as Bermuda sod is well cared for, weeds are generally scarce. Apply weed killer in late June if necessary.
Bermuda Seed vs Sod
When considering planting Bermuda sod, it is important not to mix Bermuda seed into the lawn as well. Bermuda sod is usually sold in clumps that are comprised of Bermuda hybrid species. Adding seed to the Bermuda sod, or in different areas that you do not wish to sod, may give the lawn a patchy appearance. It is better to sod the entire lawn, rather than filling in spots with seed.