How to Get Rid of Bermuda Grass in Centipede Grass


Bermuda is a rapidly growing grass found throughout the southern United States. Often used for turf on football fields and golf courses, bermuda is considered high maintenance compared to slower growth grass such as centipede. Because bermuda grass grows in patches, eliminating it from centipede grass requires no specialized gardening or landscaping skills. Eliminating bermuda grass from centipede grass can be accomplished in matter of weeks.

Step 1

Hand pull clumps of undesirable bermuda grass from the centipede lawn.

Step 2

Place the clumps of bermuda grass into a plastic, disposable trash bag or compost bin.

Step 3

Ensure that your patches of unwanted bermuda grass are no higher than 5 inches, and that they are of even height. An even bermuda grass patch will ensure that the grass-killing process will go more smoothly.

Step 4

Spread old newspaper evenly on top of the bermuda grass patches. Weigh the newspaper down with bricks or other heavy objects.

Step 5

Leave the weighted newspaper in place for two weeks. Remove the newspaper to check for any new bermuda grass growth.

Step 6

Hand pull any new bermuda grass growth. Spot check the areas weekly to ensure no new bermuda grass growth occurs.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Gardener's mask
  • Old newspaper
  • Bricks or heavy weights
  • Trash bags or compost bin


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