How To Grow Bermudagrass

-[Curtis Smith] The incredible plant called Bermuda grass is considered by some as the most widely distributed flowering plant on.


-[Curtis Smith] The incredible plant called Bermuda
grass is considered by some as the most widely distributed flowering plant on
earth. It has a dual reputation as one of the world’s worst weeds and one of the
best things that ever happened to golf courses, athletic fields, and lawns in the
warm regions of the world. It spreads aggressively by means of runners above
the ground called stolens, and runners below the ground called rhizomes. As warm season grasses, Bermuda grasses thrive in hot weather, and are green all summer
long, and go dormant in colder winter months. Bermuda’s love full sun and
generally do poorly in the shade. Bermuda is one of the great choices to save
water on our lawns in our desert regions. Withholding water in the summer will
cause it to turn brown but won’t kill it. Green grass comes back with renewed
watering. There are many types of Bermuda grasses adapted to different conditions
and uses. Seeded varieties offer the advantage of inexpensive establishment but
many people are allergic to the pollen these varieties produce. Hybrid or
sterile varieties have to be established by citing or planting plugs or sprigs.
These varieties tend to have a finer leaf and can be more difficult to mow evenly. A low-maintenance hybrid that is coarser than many hybrids and easier to
mow is Tifton. In the hot dry Chihuahuan region, a long standing hybrid named Tifgreen performed very well as a lawn variety. A seeded variety called Princess
77 was an excellent choice as well. NewMex Sahara
offers good drought tolerance. In cooler regions of the southwest,
Guymon Bermuda is a variety that will green up sooner in the spring and
tolerate cold. Turf evaluation trials are being conducted across the nation, and
you may want to check with the Cooperative Extension Service in your
state to find out results. Beware of neighbors who tell you to mow Bermuda
grass down to the ground summer or winter. It is true that some varieties can offer almost a putting green surface. But
generally for lawns it is better to set a 3/4 to 1 inch mowing height. And it is
good to maintain some cover even in winter. General guidelines for caring for
Bermuda grass include using a complete fertilizer with nitrogen, phosphorus, and
potassium. Fertilizers show the percentages of each in that order on the back. A soil test and analysis is the best guide to fertilizer rates. But
spring and summer rates of fertilization generally run one pound of nitrogen per
thousand square feet per month. So if a mix is 20% nitrogen it will take 5
pounds, per thousand square feet, per month to get that one pound of nitrogen.
About 2 inches of water per week in the summer will usually suffice. But check to
see that the soil is moist 6 inches deep. In the fall, cut the fertilization rate
in half and reduce it even more in late fall. A higher percentage of potassium
becomes more important in the fall for drought tolerance and root growth. Over
the winter, water enough to keep moisture levels 6 inches down and you’ll have a
great stand of Bermuda next year.

33 thoughts on “How To Grow Bermudagrass”

  1. I have a type of bermuda that looks like a vine and it kills EVERYTHING. I spray with round up to keep it under control but I want a better type of bermuda. I live in Springfield Missouri .

    My biggest issue is it must be strong enough to over power the other bermuda. This stuff rips through my friends yard and his is turf/fescue. I just don't want to spend all my time and fail because the other bermuda takes it over.

  2. It is really hard to hear what he is saying. Sound quality is terribly muffled. Soooo……. this is really a visual reference?

  3. This year it's cold….snow in May lol, typically its 100F+ during the summer and a "cool" summer is in the 90s.

  4. How big is your lawn? If it is small you can cover the entire lawn and kill it off. There are several ways to do this, either with black tarp and cut off the sun or get a type of clear material that will cause the temp to get so high it will burn your lawn and kill it. Personally I think several doses of round up will work if applied right. Then if you want bermuda grass and do not want to sod, Yukon bermuda seed or La Prima is the way to go for your climate.

  5. I have Bermuda grass in my yard, and not on purpose.  I have kill and reseed the area with other friendlier grasses.  It crept into the flower bed and no amount of weeding will stop it.  I had to tear everything out; bushes, flowers, etc.  Total loss.  My suggestion is, don't plant it near borders of perennial beds, or at all for that matter.

  6. This is another video that would have been good without the loud 'background' music. I can't try to listen anymore.

  7. Growing berumda is easy if you don't want it in your yard. Bermuda will grow under driveways, sidewalks and the street.

  8. bermuda grass is simply the best, im from southern africa, summers are very long, dry and extremely hot, winters are very cold and water is scarce, and my lawn is extremely green, i really like this type because it isdrought resistant and doesnt leave patches

  9. The failsafe way to grow bermuda is to try to grow any of the cool-season grasses. Bermuda will grow and thrive, guaranteed.

  10. Hope you find this text. I'm trying to make a PGA type lawn in backyard. I'm living in Asia, Philippines. I think the grass I planted is Bermuda. I took it from concreted parking area/driveway. Seems tough growing on cement. I distributed stems/roots and planted in rows. 5sq/m. It's bit shady so I'm busy culling the culprit trees preventing the sun. Can you advise me. It's been 3 weeks, it's green but not yet growing/covering the surface

  11. What "booster" type fertilizer can I use on Bermuda grass. I planted sods not seed. I'm having problem with shade and busy getting rid of trees. Is nitrogen OK. What combo. 14.14.14 or 3.2.1….?

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