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How to Care for Bermuda Sod in Georgia

By Joshua Duvauchelle ; Updated September 21, 2017

Bermuda sod, more commonly known as bermudagrass, is a warmth-loving grass that does well in Georgia's climate--so much so, that the University of Georgia has introduced several bermudagrass hybrids. Lawn care practices for Georgian bermudagrass don't diverge widely from standard lawn care methods for other species, though certain topics, such as fertilizing or mowing, are specific to bermudagrass or the Georgian climate.

Water your bermudagrass sod. Bermudagrass creates extensive root networks that can reach a depth of 6 feet or more, thus not requiring very much water. Apply 0.1 to 0.3 inches of water daily, using the bermudagrass' appearance as an indicator. If it starts to wilt or turn yellow, it's time to increase the amount of water you're applying.

Fertilize the bermudagrass. The species has a voracious appetite, needing regular feedings every four to six weeks from the spring through the summer months when growth is fastest. Use a standard granular lawn fertilizer applied at the rate listed on the label, as potency varies by product. Alternatively, apply straight nitrogen at a rate of 1 pound for every 435 square feet. Use a urea-based nitrogen product, as other types of nitrogen don't work well in Georgia's climate, according to the University of Georgia.

Mow the bermudagrass. Bermudagrass should be kept at a height of 1 inch if used as a lawn on which you expect moderate to heavy amounts of foot traffic. A height of 2 inches is acceptable in lawns that aren't used heavily. Some hybrid bermudagrass species found in Georgia, such as the Tiftsport variety developed by the University of Georgia, can be mowed even shorter at 0.75 inches.

Correct weed and pest problems, if applicable. Bermudagrass sod that's well-maintained should have negligible amounts of pests and weeds, but these may sometimes arise regardless of your bermudagrass management practices. If you encounter common Georgian weeds like clover or chickweed, spray with a lawn herbicide formulated with 2,4-D; meta-chlorophenylpiperazine; or dicamba. If you encounter insect pests, apply a lawn insecticide designed to target the specific bug you're facing.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Lawn mower
  • Insecticides or pesticides
  • Safety equipment (e.g. gloves and goggles)

Warning

  • Follow the guidelines on any insecticides or pesticides that you use, as usage practices and toxicity varies widely by product. When using such products, avoid contact with the chemicals and wear appropriate safety gear like gloves and eye goggles.

About the Author

 

Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.