Bermuda grass — which actually originated in Africa, despite its name — has become the most widely used lawn grass variety in warmer U.S. climates. It creates a beautiful, durable surface, making it a favorite for athletic fields and golf courses, as well as countless Southern lawns.
In addition to common Bermuda, many hybrids are available, including TifTuf™, TifWay 419, TifGrand®and TifSport, each designed to enhance specific attributes. Visit ngturf.com/bermuda to explore the best performing varieties of Bermuda in more detail.
Bermuda is often chosen for its ability to tolerate heat and rebound from drought, which helps it survive hot, dry Southern summers. The grass turns golden brown during winter dormancy and is not well suited for cold climates with harsh winters.
Bermuda grass can thrive in a wide variety of soil types, from sandy conditions to clay, which along with its easy maintenance makes it a popular choice throughout our region.
Bermuda grows more rapidly than other warm season grasses, requiring regular maintenance, but the dense structure of the grass allows it to restore itself quickly, bouncing back from heavy use.
Bermuda care and maintenance
It’s not difficult to maintain a beautiful, healthy Bermuda lawn, but you should follow a few general tips for best results. Note, however, that different varieties may require more specific guidelines. The experts at NG Turf are happy to help you with care instructions for your particular lawn. Just drop by the farm or give us a call.
- Full sun – Most Bermuda grass performs best in predominantly sunny areas, although some varieties have been cultivated for shade tolerance.
- Watering – Water 1″ per week, including rainfall. Over or under watering, and watering at the wrong time of day, can harm your lawn. Watering provides the best benefit in the morning when the grass is already wet with dew.
- De-thatching – It’s important to periodically remove the dead thatch underneath the surface to deter pests and diseases.
- Aerating – Poking holes in the soil creates more room for air, water and roots, promoting growth.
- Mowing – Mowing height is usually recommended at 1″ to 1-1/2″, cutting no more than 1/3 of the total height with one mowing.
- Fertilizing – Apply Nitrogen fertilizer twice a year, May through August, and test your lawn every other year to detect nutrient deficiencies and maintain balanced soil.
- Weed and pest control – Use products recommended by NG Turf or your local Extension Office for your area.
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