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The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Planting and management tips for bermudagrass

Mowing

  • Mow short to produce neat, restrained turf.
  • Mow frequently during warm months.
  • Mow seeded bermudagrass at 1 - 1.5 inches; both rotary and reel lawn mowers can be used.
  • Mow hybrids at 0.5 - 0.75 inches; a reel mower should be used.

Fertilizing

  • Fertilize using 2 - 4 lbs. nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (April - September) for seeded bermudagrass.
  • More attention is required for hybrid varieties; fertilize using 4 - 6 lbs. Nitrogen/1000 sq. ft. per year during the period of active growth (April - September).

Planting

  • Establish seeded bermudagrass from seed in areas where adapted.
  • Seed at 1 lb. seed/1000 sq. ft.
  • Establish hybrids vegetatively from sod, stolons or sprigs (4 - 6 bushels/1000 sq. ft.), and plugs.

Irrigation

  • Water infrequently.
  • Water deeply to develop a healthy root system.
  • Avoid frequent, shallow watering.

Special problems

For more information, see the following sections:


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