How to Maintain Healthy Bermuda Grass

By Jackson Lewis

The southern United States is well known for Bermuda grasses that are most common across family lawns, parks, golf courses and sporting fields. The grass can only be grown in hot, sunny climates and is highly popular due to its durability and the minimal steps required to grow it from seed. Bermuda grass is drought resistant, but requires regular watering in order to maintain its color. If you do have Bermuda grass in your yard or on your golf course, special care has to be taken in order to ensure the health of the turf and prevent disease.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Ensure the average local temperature is approximately 65 to 75 degrees.
Step 2
Add a fertilizer with a PH neutralizing agent to the Bermuda grass at intervals between 30 and 45 days apart and as directed by the manufacturer in between the spring and fall seasons.
Step 3
Maintain your lawn height between 3/4 and 1 1/2 inches in height if possible.
Step 4
Water the Bermuda on regular intervals twice a week in times of drought, and weekly when your region is not in a drought condition.
Step 5
Remove weeds from your Bermuda on a weekly basis if possible. This will ensure that the grass grows on a consistent basis.

Tips & Warnings

Fertilizer will help the Bermuda maintain its bright green color. For golf courses, keeping the Bermuda grass cut to a consistent height will ensure that it grows consistently and maintains its health in areas such as fairways and greens.
If the average local temperature is above 75 degrees, you should expect potential difficulty with maintaining the color of your Bermuda grass in the colder months. When the average temperature falls below the mid-60's, Bermuda grass will turn a brown or yellow color and remain dormant until the average ground temperature reaches the mid-to-upper 60's in the later spring months.
If Bermuda rough is permitted to grow taller than 2 inches, it could become at risk for contracting disease.


About The Author

Based in Memphis, Jackson Lewis has been writing on technology-related material for 10 years with a recent emphasis on golf and other sports. He has been freelance writing for Demand Media since 2008. Lewis holds a Master of Science in computer science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

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