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Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass Care Guide

Bermuda grass is one of the most popular types of grass found growing in the South, throughout the transition growing zone, and in coastal regions of this country.  It is popular with homeowners for its drought and heat tolerance, its ability to be maintained with ease, and its resiliency in the face of injury and damage.  

You've heard it before and it's worth saying again, the best way to ensure a healthy, colorful, and inviting lawn is to employ proper lawn care practices and preventative maintenance.  Follow the particulars laid out in this guide for a dense, virile, and vibrant lawn covered in the beautiful "Dog's Tooth" or "Devil's" grass.

Proper Mowing Methods

Knowing when to mow your grass is just as important as knowing how to mow your grass.  With Bermuda grass, you can take the lawnmower out of the shed in the spring when you see the green of awakening grass blades and the growth of new shoots.  That green hue means that your lawn has left its dormant state and is gearing up for the growing season ahead.

Before you crank the engine up, place a thermometer into the ground and ensure that the soil's temperature is at least 55°F.  Assured of the temperature, you can commence to your first mowing session of the season.  Your first effort with the lawnmower should cut the grass down to about ½" to remove any grass blades that are dead or damaged.  

You should try and maintain a height of between ½" and 2".  This height encourages the development of healthy stems and dense roots.  Remember that you only want to remove the top ⅓ of the grass blade when you mow your lawn.  So, to maintain a height of 2", mow the grass when the blades reach 2 ⅔" tall.  Take off the excess ⅔" and you're good to go.

As always, ensure your lawnmower blades are sharp so you don't tear the grass.  Tearing is not the same as cutting.  Bermuda grass has a higher nitrogen content than most other grasses, so try to employ grasscycling whenever you're able to do so.

Watering Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is very tolerant of drought conditions and intense heat.  As such, it won't require as much water to maintain vigorous, healthy growth.

In the spring and fall, watering Bermuda grass will only be required during periods of extended heat and drought.  If you're unsure of yourself, inspect the grass to see if you find it curling or wilting.  If your grass plants are wilted or curled, water your lawn deeply once a week until the vegetation has returned to a healthy state.  

During the summer season, irrigate your lawn once a week.  Ensure that the water saturates the soil to a depth of at least 5".  If you're unsure of how deeply your water has penetrated the ground, grab a screwdriver and drive it into the turf.  If you can insert the tool into the soil to the handle without encountering much resistance, then your soil is effectively saturated.

Water your lawns in the morning to avoid burning the grass with the intense heat of the late morning and early to mid-afternoon.

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