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.
- 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
- Irrigate only as needed
- Water deeply once a week, saturating the soil to a depth of approximately six inches
- 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
- 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
- Read more tips at the following link: weed control
- 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.
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