Bermudagrass Maintenance: Spring 2014

Spring Bermuda Grass Prep

Having a great looking Bermuda grass lawn is pretty simple if you do the right things at the right time. This maintenance video and advice below will help you to know what you need to do to help transition from the dormacy of winter to the green up of spring time successfully. To get an email when each installment of our maintenance series is released, be sure to sign up for our mailing list by clicking the image to the left and entering your information.

Follow These Steps

Step One: Its feeling warmer here all the time…but make sure that you are past the final freeze of the winter before taking your lawn mower and dropping it a knotch and giving your bermuda a “buzz cut”.  This will get rid of the brown layer of thatch that tends to build up on grasses with dense canopies like bermudas as well as any old leaves.  Make sure you bag the clippings or rake them up and get them out Mowingof the yard for this particular mowing.  Then for the rest of spring, keep your grass cut between 1-2 inches…though you can mow lower if you want to maintain it that way.  Just take note that if you start to notice scalping or browning after mowing during the spring and summer, you may need to be mowing more frequently.

Step Two: The next step is to apply fertilizer.   A general recommendation is something with a 1-0-1 ratio like a 15-0-15… equal parts nitrogen and potassium.  Nitrogen will help the grass get its rich color back and the potassium is like giving your bermudagrass a multi-vitamin.  It promotes the overall health of the grass.  Keep in mind that this is a very generic guideline.  Check with your local extension agents or experts to get their specific recommendations for your soil type and climate.

Poa Annua in BermudagrassStep Three: Bermuda’s are dense grasses as we have noted and can quite often choke out weeds if maintained properly.  However, if you have had weed issues in the past, apply a pre-emergent herbicide.  If its too late and they are already germinating, you can get weed control to spray on from your local lawn care outlets.

Remember, when applying any type of chemical to your lawn... read the label and follow the proper instructions.

Step Four: Finally…don’t overwater.  You have bermudagrass…one of the toughest grasses on the planet.  It can handle drought.  It will need about 1 inch of water per week in the active growing season to look good…. Either from rainfall or irrigation.  Too much watering can lead to a fungus.   

Follow these steps to keep your bermudagrass lawn at its best for everyone to enjoy this spring and summer.