Bermuda Grass Maintenance

With the right amount of care, you'll love the look of your bermuda grass lawn.

If you live in the South, it's likely you have bermuda grass; consequently, you will need to know a little bit about this perennial grass, as well as bermuda grass maintenance. Known as the grass of the South, bermuda grass is drought-resistant and low growing. Once temperatures fall below approximately 60 degrees, bermuda grass becomes dormant; however, if temperatures rise, this type of grass will turn green quickly. Salt tolerant and able to withstand full exposure to the sun, bermuda grass is found predominantly in the coastal regions of the South. Bermuda grass maintenance is not time consuming, but it's important to understand exactly how to care for this perennial. The primary complaint of bermuda grass is its tendency to grow quickly and become difficult to keep under control. The following tips on bermuda grass maintenance will keep your lawn looking healthy and beautiful throughout the year.

Bermuda Grass Tip #1 – Deep Watering

Bermuda grass is often used for golf courses, athletic fields and lawns. Bermuda grass requires little watering due to its drought-tolerant characteristics; therefore, it's easy to over-water, which causes an influx of insects and fungus. Nevertheless, it responds well to water, especially during the dry, hot months of summer. The trick to watering bermuda grass is to water deeply-about one inch per week-in order to promote deep root growth. Deep watering (as opposed to shallow) denotes watering the lawn long enough so that it reaches the grass roots.

Bermuda Grass Tip #2 – Mow Regularly

The great part about bermuda grass maintenance is, well, it's easy! Because bermuda grass is aggressive, it typically keeps weeds under control on its own. However, this perennial grass benefits from a regular lawn mowing regimen, as it helps to cut back the weeds. The mow height should range between 1.5 inches to 2.5 inches.

Bermuda Grass Tip #3 – Feed, Feed, Feed

For bermuda grass maintenance, many homeowners fertilize every 30-45 days. Use a fertilizer that contains 30-35 nitrogen, with a blend of slow and fast release. Bermuda grass thrives on fertilizer, so apply approximately one pound of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet to get optimum results. Bermuda grass is relatively low maintenance and ideal for warm climates. If you have additional questions about bermuda grass maintenance for your lawn, contact us and one of our lawn care professionals will get back with you shortly.
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