Bermuda grass can be finicky if not properly cared for. If you’d like to keep your grass looking great all year round, we’ve got some tips for you.
From when to water to how often to mow, keep reading for our best advice on how to keep your Bermuda lush and green.
This type of grass is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, and it is a hardy warm season turf grass able to withstand extreme heat and even drought. Bermuda can stay green when given only 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week, and can go dormant for up to four weeks when faced with extreme drought. These features in particular make Bermuda a popular grass choice in both the southern and western United States.
Mow Your Lawn Accordingly
This type of grass grows faster than any other warm-season grass, which is why you may need to mow your lawn as often as twice a week during peak growing season to keep it at the recommended mowing height of one to two inches.
Meet Bermuda’s Nutrition Requirements
Bermuda has relatively high nutrient requirements that need to be met in order to maintain a lush and healthy lawn. It’s important to fertilize your grass regularly, and at least monthly during peak growing season.
Maintain the Soil’s pH
Bermuda grass prefers soil with a pH between 5.8 and 7.0. It can withstand more acidic soils, however, it won’t necessarily thrive in them. You can test your soil to see what its current pH level is, and add lime or soil amendments to maintain optimum pH levels for nutrient availability.
Plant at the Right Time
Like most other warm season grasses, Bermuda needs to be planted in the spring. This is because it needs soil temperatures above 65 degrees fahrenheit in order for the seeds to properly germinate. To find the right time to plant, look for weather conditions that are consistently above 80 degrees fahrenheit during the day.
Properly Water Your Grass
Although Bermuda is drought resistant, it still needs regular waterings to stay lush and healthy. Water your lawn deeply and infrequently in order to get the roots of the grass to grow deeper. Your lawn will need about one inch of water every 7-10 days. To spread out waterings, consider giving your lawn one inch of water on one day then .25 inches of water the next four days. If water begins pooling on the surface of your lawn, stop watering and wait for the grass to absorb the pooled water before beginning again.
Contact Monarch Sod
If you’d like to install some lush bermuda grass in your yard, contact the experts at Monarch Sod. We seamlessly install fresh drought-resistant sod that thrives in Utah’s desert climate. Contact us today to get a free quote on your next project and see what we can do for you. We proudly serve residential, commercial, church, and park properties in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the state of Utah.