Mowing and Watering Bermuda Grass
Frequency of mowing and watering Bermuda grass lawn depends on the season and month. You can Follow the below prescribed steps in order to effectively maintain your lawn.
How to mow Bermuda grass
March - May
Bermuda grass starts to grow rapidly during spring. Before the growth starts, mow the grass shorter than normal. This will help remove the dead leaf blades and other debris and at the same time allow the soil temperature to rise quicker. Mow regularly when the grass turns green in the spring. The hybrid Bermuda grass should be mowed at heights from 0.5 to 1.5 inches, while common Bermuda grass (grown from seeds) should be mowed at 1.5 to 2.5 inches. However, the height of the grass may have to be adjusted for uneven lawns.
Note: You should not remove the clipped grasses. They decompose fast and add required nutrients to the soil.
June - November
Bermuda grass should be mowed every 5 to 7 days, and less often during drought.
December - February
Mow Bermuda grass overseeded with perennial or annual ryegrass as often as needed. But do not to remove more than one-third of the leaf blades. You can recycle the nutrients by not collecting the clippings unless they have accumulated. Dormant Bermuda grass that has not been overseeded does not require mowing.
The hybrid Bermuda grasses
are generally finer in texture than common Bermuda grass and are established from sod, sprigs or plugs. One of the major problems that a home owner usually has with the hybrid type is to mow them correctly. Hybrid Bermuda grasses look best when mowed three times per week at 0.5 to 1.5 inch with a reel mower. Since this is not practical for home owners, seeded Bermudas are often a better choice for home lawns.
How to water Bermuda grass
You need to water Bermuda grass regularly, but only when required. You will know the time to water when you see symptoms like pale blue color appearing or the leaves are showing folds etc.
March - May
During spring, Bermuda grass does not require much irrigation, unless it has been newly sodded or there is an extended dry hot period. When you see a dark bluish gray color and folded or curled leaves, it's time to water. Proper irrigation may prevent or reduce pest and other environmental problems later in the summer.
June - August
During the summer time, you need to water the soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches, and preferably in the morning. You can push in a thin wire rod to determine the level of the moisture.
Bermuda grass needs 1 to 1.25 inches of water on a weekly basis to retain its color during summer. On sandy soils it requires more frequent watering, like 0.5 inch of water every third day.
For homeowners, it often requires three to five hours of irrigation to water the soil to 1 inch of depth. Remember, it takes about 620 gallons of water to apply 1 inch of water per thousand square feet.
September - November
Follow the 'March - May' irrigation guidelines. Dormant Bermuda grass may still need to be watered periodically when dry or when windy conditions occur for an extended period. Newly planted sods should be watered during this period to prevent desiccation.
December - February
Newly planted sod needs to be watered during this period to prevent desiccation. It's very important to water overseeded lawns.
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