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Bermuda Grass

Bermuda is the most important and widely adapted warm season grass. Extremely heat tolerant but very intolerant of shade, bermuda grass is the dominant sunny lawn grass in the south and hot summer climates of the far west.

Once established, bermuda grass is hard to kill. It is one of the few warm season grasses that can be taken north. Bermuda is recommended for use in parts of Tennessee, North Carolina, Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as the Central Valley of California.

Seeded Bermuda grass lawns should be planted at a rate of 2 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. at a depth not greater than inch. Water 2-3 times a day for the first 2 weeks. Under ideal conditions germination will begin in 7-10 days, but allow two to three weeks for complete germination. After the new turf is established, water less frequently but more deeply. Full coverage may be obtained in four to six weeks under optimum conditions.

Bermuda grass, like other warm season turfgrasses, looses its green color when it goes dormant in the winter. The best way to achieve a year-round lush green lawn is to overseed dormant bermuda grass with a high quality perennial ryegrass blend.

Ryegrass normally dies out in late spring, but if cool weather prevails it can become persistent. Suspend fertilizing in March and lower your height of cut to discourage the perennial ryegrass and encourage the underlying bermuda grass to rejuvenate.

Bermuda grass requires more fertilizer than the other warm season grasses. Use 6-12 lbs. of Nitrogen, 6 lbs. of phosphate, and 9 lbs of potash per 1,000 sq. feet per year. Nitrogen should be applied monthly, with no single application exceeding 2 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft.







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