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Maintaining Bermuda Turf Grass

You have given all your heart, soul and invested a good amount of time and money in getting your Bermuda sod planted. Now, it’s your duty to pay all the attention towards it so that it flourishes and give your property a distinct look. For this, you need to follow these simple steps recommended by the experts of turf farms.

Mowing related tips

  • Mowing a newly installed Bermuda is recommended to the height of 1.5 inch cutting height.
  • At the time of mowing, you should ensure that you don’t mow more than 1/3 of the leaf.
  • You need to use a sharp blade to ensure neat results and flawless cutting. .
  • This would also help you in removing the clippings successfully.
  • For mowing, the best machine recommended by the experts of turf farms is the reel or rotary mower.
  • Mowing should be exercised after a gap of 3-6 days.

Watering

  • As far as watering the new Bermuda turf grass is concerned, here are the tips that you should follow.
  • Watering should be done to supplement rainfall shortages only.
  • You should avoid fixed timer irrigation settings for watering this variety of turf grass.
  • It’s a drought tolerant turf, but it performs at its best when it receives 1 inch water every week.
  • In case, your area has received 1 inch rainfall in a week, additional watering should be avoided.
  • Depending upon the amount of rainfall, you should calculate the amount of watering to be given under turf services.
  • Don’t expect miracles by overwatering and save water at the same time.
  • Avoid run-off and standing water both, for any periods of time.

Fertilizing regarding tips for Bermuda turf grass

  • You should fertilize it regularly, but according to the specifications and recommendations given by the experts of turf farms.
  • The best step is to fertilize with total lawn food 16-4-8 + Iron and Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone. It can be purchased easily from turf farms or any local sod store.
  • You should apply 4-6 pounds of nitrogen in 1000 square feet every year during the growing season.
  • You should research on the Internet and also inquire locally about the fertilizers that are most effective on Bermuda turf grass.
  • If the turf is wet, you should refrain from fertilizer application as it could burn the turf.
  • Too much fertility will result in a thatch and unhealthy lawn.

Bermuda is a powerful grass and can resist the attack of weeds very easily. But you should not shun away from putting an extra layer of protection by using pre-emergent herbicide.

  • This herbicide should be the one recommended for use of this particular turf.
  • It should be applied in the spring and fall.
  • You can even use pre-emergent weed control and “weed and feed” combinations. However, all these should also be used only if they are recommended for this grass.
  • Still if you feel that weeds, pests, etc. are causing problems, you should contact your supplier and seek solutions from him.
  • Thatch removal is also very important as far as this grass is concerned. For this, scalp or rake heavily and remove debris.