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Lawn Care: Guide to Bermuda Grass Maintenance

May 2, 2024

Lawn Care: Guide to Bermuda Grass Maintenance

Warmer weather makes us all begin to think of lawn care. Everyone loves a lush, green lawn that is perfect for bare feet, barbecues, and lawn games. Here are some tips for keeping your Bermuda grass in tip-top shape! (Hint: it’s a year-round process.)

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January-April Lawn Care

Your lawn is dormant for most of the winter and spring, but it still needs some water to prevent excessive dehydration. An established lawn benefits from watering twice a day, two days per week during this season. A lawn in its first year will need water twice a day, three days per week to get established. 

Do not fertilize your lawn during this dormant season. Apply a pre-emergent in March, then again eight weeks later. Water in the pre-emergent after each application. Do not apply pre-emergent during a lawn’s first year.

Bermuda grass starts to grow when the ground temperatures get into the mid 60’s, making spring a good time to scalp your yard.

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May-August Lawn Care

The ideal height for Bermuda grass is two inches. If you see hot spots during the summer months, consider mowing your lawn a bit higher. We recommend mowing weekly. 

Water your lawn according to your city’s guidelines. If your Bermuda grass turns gray, you’re overwatering. If it turns brown, you’re not watering enough!

Do not fertilize your lawn in its first year. After that, fertilize three times a year: early summer, mid summer, and late summer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer you choose; we recommend Site One.

If you did not apply pre-emergent in the spring, you will probably need a broadleaf weed post-emergent during the summer. Do not use post-emergent during a lawn’s first year.

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September-December Lawn Care

For best results, you’ll want to keep your lawn mowed at regular height until the weather starts to cool. When overnight temperatures start to drop below 70 degrees, raise your mower slightly to retain more leaf surface; this allows the grass to become acclimated before the first frost.

Do not fertilize your grass during this season. Continue irrigating according to your city’s guidelines. 

Apply pre-emergent in September to help control winter weeds. 

A healthy lawn is attainable! This information should help you make the most of your lawn, allowing your family to enjoy it year-round. For more tips on lawn care and general home maintenance, watch our warranty team's informative playlist here


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