The Grounds Guys
Grass with drops of water in the sun

How to Care for Bermuda Grass

(Updated April 26, 2023)

Although heat and drought tolerant, Bermuda grass still requires proper care, including regular mowing to maintain an ideal height of one-half to two-and-a-half inches, once-per-week deep watering, fertilization, annual aeration, and regular weed control. Below are details on each of these topics.

push lawn mower

  • Maintain a height of between one-half to two-and-a-half inches
  • Start mowing in the spring when the grass turns green
  • Mow frequently enough so that no more than one-third of the grass blades are removed at a time
  • Always use a sharp mower blade
  • Avoid bagging unless scalping for the first spring mow

sprinkler watering grass

  • Irrigate only as needed
  • Water deeply once a week, saturating the soil to a depth of approximately six inches

push aerator

  • Aerate in early summer, prior to fertilizer application
  • Read more tips on how to aerate and why it is important for developing a healthy, green lush lawn

Weed Control

weed removal tool

  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides for spring and summer weeds after the threat of winter injury
  • Control broadleaf weeds with post-emergence applications. Always follow label directions
  • Do not exceed more than two to three applications of herbicide per year

hand fertilizing

  • Proper fertilization starts with a soil test, and then based on the results, the proper nutrients are selected and applied. This requires a good deal of knowledge, but we can help. Learn more about our Lawn Care Programs.

For Further Reading:

Avoid Dead Spots on Your Grass

Warm or Cool Weather: Finding a Grass that Fits

Which Kinds of Grasses Survive the Heat the Best?