Bermudagrass

Homeowner Maintenance Guide

Spring

  • Mow your bermudagrass at the desired height; anywhere from .5 to 1.5 inches tall.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
  • Don’t overwater. Bermudagrass needs about one inch of water a week including rainfall.
  • Apply a fungicide if needed. If you have had a fungus or disease in your bermudagrass in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.
Fertilize your lawn:

Summer

  • When mowing, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If you are returning from vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing.
  • Do not over water the grass. Bermudagrass only needs about one inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
  • Treat with a broad-spectrum insecticide if needed. If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help soil absorption.
Fertilize your lawn:

Fall

  • Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition.
  • If you have had a fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas.
  • During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your bermudagrass slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for winter.
  • Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease.
  • If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.
Fertilize your lawn:
  • .5–1.5
  • inches
  • 1 inch
  • per week
  • total
  • Preventative
  • Fungicide &
  • Insecticide