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Bermuda Grass

Fertilizing and Watering

Description & Characteristics Fertilizing and Watering Aeration and Dethatching Seeding and Propagation
 
 
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Warm Season Grasses
 Bahia  Bermuda  Carpetgrass
 Centipede
 Zoysia
Cool Season Grasses Bluegrass  Fine Fescue
 Tall Fescue

Fertilizing

Bermuda requires a more extensive fertilization schedule then other summer grasses. Recommendations range from every 6 week starting in the spring once it has turned 50% green (I think that may be too much) too 3 times a year, Mid April, Early June and Early September (Iím more inclined to follow this schedule as my experience has been that over fertilizing leads to MORE mowing or worse, nitrogen burn). Commercial grade lawn fertilizers (16-4-8 being an example) are fine. Generally you should look to apply 4-5 pounds of Nitrogen per 1000Sq ft per year (See my section on Fertilization for an explanation of how this translates into the fertilizer you are using).

 

Since Bermuda prefers a more Alkaline Soil the use of lime is also mandatory. Most experts recommend that you have your soil tested to determine how much lime to add. Most of us are reluctant to go to that extreme; in that case the recommendation is to use 40# of granular lime per 1000Sq Ft Once per year. Lime can be applied at any time but my preference is to apply it after aerating and fertilizing.

 

Watering

 

Bermuda is drought tolerant and will generally do well on a minimalist watering schedule. It is recommended that you do water regularly and especially during periods of extended drought. Although Bermuda will survive drought periods that will leave other lawn types barren it will look better and recover faster if you water it during periods of drought.

 

For Turf lawns the recommendation is that they receive a minimum of 1-2 inches of water a week, more watering will produce a healthier, better looking lawn.