How to Care for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a popular choice among homeowners and businesses looking for a lush, resilient ground cover that is both heat and drought tolerant and can handle moderate to heavy traffic. Whether used alone or mixed in with other varieties of grass seed, this unique warm season grass will thrive under ideal conditions, but the secret to Bermuda grass care is knowing what those conditions are. The experienced professionals at The Grounds Guys® know just how to care for Bermuda grass, and are pleased to share their knowledge with you.

The Basics

Although Bermuda Grass originated in India and Africa, it was introduced to North Americans via Bermuda, hence the name. Because it requires a great deal of sunlight to maintain a healthy appearance and growth, this type of grass does best in tropical and sub-tropical climates including the southern United States and coastal regions. The characteristics of Bermuda Grass such as the long root system, ability to grow in nearly all types of soil conditions, and fast recovery period, make it ideally suited for any number of applications including: yards, sports fields, fairways, and putting greens.

Pros and Cons of Bermuda Grass

Is Bermuda Grass the right choice for your home or business? The type of grass you choose will affect the aesthetics and maintenance requirements for your lawn, so it's important to weigh the pros and cons before making your decision.

Pros

  • Heat and drought tolerant - This warm-season grass can withstand harsh conditions including high temperatures and drought, although it does require at least a weekly watering to remain healthy.
  • Resilient - Bermuda grass is strong enough to withstand high traffic and doesn't wear easily.
  • Easy to grow - In the right climate and light conditions, Bermuda grass care is made easier by its willingness to grow.

Cons

  • Intolerant to cold - It only takes a few days of cold weather to turn this lush green grass into a faded, straw-like consistency.
  • Aggressive - The same characteristic that makes it easy to grow can make it hard to contain, and additional work may be required to keep Bermuda grass from spreading to unwanted areas such as garden beds or adjoining properties.
  • Shade intolerant – Requiring a minimum of six hours of sun, growth can become thin and sparse in areas that receive little or no sunlight such as beneath trees or close proximity to tall buildings.

How to Care for Bermuda Grass

Follow these tips from The Grounds Guys for Bermuda grass care:

Mow

  • 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 that no more than one-third of the blade is removed at a time
  • Always use a sharp blade
  • Avoid bagging unless scalping for the first spring mow

Water

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

Fertilize

  • During the growing season, apply one half to one pound of nitrogen fertilizer per every thousand square feet of grass or whatever ratio the label instructs

Aerate

  • Lawns should be aerated early in the summer, prior to fertilizer application

Weed Control

  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides for spring and summer weeds after the threat of winter injury
  • Broadleaf weeds may be controlled with post-emergence applications and always follow label directions
  • Do not exceed more than two to three applications of herbicide per year

Redefine your home's exterior to enhance curb appeal and add value. For professional lawn care services for your home or business including Bermuda grass care, trust the experts at The Grounds Guys. Call us today at (888) 929-8188 to receive a free estimate, or contact us online and let us know how we can help.

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