How To Care For Bermuda Grass

Is your yard mostly made up of Bermuda grass? If so, there are some things you should know! Bermuda grass is of one of the most common grass types in Metairie, LA. Bermuda is an extremely popular grass type on golf courses and in lawns throughout warmer regions and the south. Bermuda is a medium to high maintenance grass type known for its soft, thick turf like look. Bermuda is one of the only grass types that can be cut as low or as high as you prefer and thrive. If you have Bermuda grass in your lawn, check out the guide below comprised by the lawn care professionals at Cutting Edge Tree and Lawn. This comprehensive guide on how to care for your Bermuda grass will help you keep your lawn looking its best! If you need any help, or just would like to ask a question please feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Do I Have Bermuda Grass?

When taking care of your Bermuda lawn, the first step is identifying the type of grass you have or identifying which type of grass is most dominant in your mixed lawn. Did you know that a majority of lawns in Metairie, LA are a mixed? Having a mixed lawn means that there are several different types of grasses that make up your yard. When Identifying Bermuda grass, its thin, green blades are almost its most prominent identification feature. The width of the blade is a little bit thinner that a piece of spaghetti. Another way to identify Bermuda grass is by looking at its root system. Bermuda grass is known as what is called bunch grass. This means the grass blades come directly from the root system and grow vertically. Bermuda grass is known for its Tolerance to heat, drought, traffic, and salt. These traits allow Bermuda to be the fastest growing grass type of all the warm season grasses which allows Bermuda grass to easily keep its foothold in a lawn and not be taken over by other grass types. Pure or dominant Bermuda lawns are usually considered to be high maintenance because of their demand for nutrients. Bermuda is also more sensitive to cold temperatures than other warm season grass types.

How To Maintain Bermuda Grass 

  • Water

Like most living things on earth, Bermuda grass requires water to live. If you want your Bermuda lawn to thrive it should receive at least 1 inch of water per week. You will know it is time to water your lawn if the grass’ blades start turning a dull or brown color. The best time to water any grass type is between sunrise and 10am. You should water your lawn at least two times per week to keep your Bermuda grass looking the best it possibly can.

  • Mowing

To keep your lawn looking healthy you should keep your grass on a regular mowing schedule. Cutting your grass is wonderful for your lawn because it promotes new healthy growth. Bermuda needs to be cut at least once a week in the summertime and every other week in the cooler seasons. Bermuda grass is one of the only grass types that you can cut as high or as low as you prefer. However, in the winter months you should not cut your grass below two inches because Bermuda is sensitive to the cold. The optimum height for Bermuda grass is about 1-2 inches. Also, when mowing your yard make sure the lawnmower blades are sharp to avoid stressing your grass. Dull blades can lead to disease and turn your yard an ugly brown color.

  • Weed Control

If you want to have a lawn that is picture perfect year-round you need to make sure it is weed free! Making sure that your yard is weed free is crucial to the grass health and overall look of your grass. Weeds can steal much needed nutrients from your lawn which is extremely important for Bermuda grasses. Weeds will also block out sunlight killing your grass if they get too tall. It is a good idea to either pull weeds or apply an herbicide at the beginning of every spring to ensure optimum grass health.  

Bermuda Mixed Lawn

If you have a mixed lawn that is mostly Bermuda, you should take the time to learn  about the other types of grasses in your yard as well to keep your lawn looking awesome. Below a list of Lawn maintenance articles for the most common types of grass you will find in Metairie LA:

Call A Lawn Care Professional

Since you have finished reading our guide and now know the basics of Bermuda grass lawn care you have a choice to make. You can maintain your lawn all by yourself or hire a lawncare professional. At Cutting Edge we understand that not everyone has the time or ability to maintain their yard, and we are here to help! At Cutting Edge Tree and Lawn, we can help you take back your leisure time or focus on your business while we take care of your lawn care needs. Contact us today to discuss any lawn care needs you may have. You can also call us to find out more about our available services or to schedule your next lawn care service. If you are looking to prepare your lawn for winter you should check out this guide: Preparing Your Lawn for Winter: A Guide for Residents of Metairie, LA