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How to Fertilize Bermuda Grass

By Corey M. Mackenzie ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bermuda is a sun-loving, heat tolerant grass popular in the southern states. It is also a ravenous grass that likes to be fed frequently until it goes dormant in the cooler months. Keep your Bermuda grass happy and green by applying the right kind of fertilizer in the right amount at the right time. Give it the first feeding of the year when spring hits and the grass starts to green up. After that, a feeding every month until fall is sufficient.

Rent or buy a broadcast spreader and a bag of granular high nitrogen lawn fertilizer. Fertilizers that specify they are good for Bermuda grass tend to be high in nitrogen.

Make sure the broadcast spreader’s hopper is closed (or some of the fertilizer may go on through before you are ready). Place granular, high nitrogen lawn fertilizer in your broadcast spreader. According to bermuda-grass.net, use about 1 lb. per thousand square feet of grass.

Set the spreader according to the fertilizer bag label. If the bag is torn or you otherwise cannot see the numbers, set the spreader to a low output number to prevent dumping a lot on at once. Turn the spreader on.

Push the broadcast spreader across your lawn, overlapping each fertilized section a few inches to make sure the fertilizer spreads as evenly as possible.

Water your lawn with a garden hose or sprinkler to help the fertilizer settle into the soil (unless the bag states otherwise). Reapply nitrogen-rich, Bermuda fertilizer once a month during warm--but not hot--weather until the end of the season.

 

Things You Will Need

  • High Nitrogen grass fertilizer (granules)
  • Broadcast spreader
  • Garden hose

Tips

  • As an alternative to a broadcast spreader, use a drop spreader if you prefer.
  • You'll also find liquid lawn fertilizer available at garden stores. You may find it is harder to judge whether or not you are getting the fertilizer on evenly with these--but you may prefer this way over using granules. Liquid fertilizer often comes in containers that attach to the garden hose and are easily sprayed on; if you use these instead of granules, fertilize in the morning before the afternoon sun to prevent lawn scorch.

Warnings

  • Avoid fertilizing during very hot, sunny weather; doing so may burn the lawn. Wait until it cools.
  • Avoid fertilizing on windy days; if you must do so, wear a dust mask and eyewear to protect from fertilizer dust.