If Bermuda grass doesn’t sound tropical to you, we don’t know of any other way. It’s tropical, so what is it doing in Kansas? It’s a great question.
Bermuda grass was introduced to America in the 1500s by the Spanish from Africa.
It is also found in parks, pastures, and on other places.
Find out more about Bermuda grass and how it can be grown.
Information about Growing Bermuda Grass
Bermuda Grass has a strong root system and can tolerate a wide range of soils.
Bermuda grass can be grown in either full sun or partial shade.
This is a hot and sunny stabilization turf that can be used on slopes.
Bermuda grass can mowed at any height, from 1/2 inch up to 2 inches depending on how often you need it.
Bermuda grass can form dense, even turf when it is mowed twice a week at 1” using a reel mower.
Bermuda grass needs less maintenance, as it only requires 2 inches of mowing. Higher turf will need less water and have fewer bugs.
A rotary mower is the best option if you have a larger lawn than 1 in.
Bermuda should water more frequently than fescues but not every year.
It is best to water when the soil has reached its maximum temperature. You should be aware of signs of wilting, such as a change in the turf’s color from a blueish-gray or a yellowish gray.
Let the turf soak to 6-8 inches. Avoid watering too often or infrequently.
To prevent excessive growth, fertilize May-August. You should apply 1 pound of fertilizer every 1,000 feet.
Bermuda lawns are usually free of weeds. In the spring and autumn, however, Bermuda can be infested by weeds.
Bermuda cannot compete with these weeds.
These are weeds that can be controlled best in the fall while they are still young. These are winter annuals and will die in summer heat.
Insect problems generally are not associated with Bermuda grass.
Warm-season grass is the best option if you don’t feel tropical by the heat and humidity. Enjoy a cool drink and a small umbrella.
How to Grow Bermuda Grass
Bermuda grass doesn’t care about soil type and can tolerate salt spray. Bermuda grass is a popular choice for coastal areas. It can tolerate partial shade, but thrives in full sun.
Bermuda grass used to be grown from sod or sprigs. However, it is now available in seed form.
1 pound (0.50kg) of hulled Bermudagrass for every 1,000 feet (93 sq.m.).
Mix equal quantities of sand and seed. Spread the seed manually or using a spreader.
Spread half of the mixture along the length and half crosswise, to avoid any skips.
Bermuda Grass Care
Bermuda grass care is easy.
The grass needs one inch (2.5cm) of watering each week to grow.
The grass is ready to be mowed when it reaches 2 inches (5cm) in height.
Mowing will encourage grass to grow stronger, more evenly.
Six weeks after planting, fertilize with a slow-releasing complete fertilizer. Pre-emergence weed control should be applied in the fall.
Bermuda Grass: The Dark Side
Bermuda grass is a pest of native plants and can also be a pain for those who use it as a cheap lawn.
There is green everywhere right now. In the alleys and in the cracks on the sidewalks. And – if your luck is not good enough – in your flowerbeds.
It is almost impossible to get rid of it in a landscape area. This has been proven by many who have tried.
How can one create a lawn? Hybrid sod is a substitute for seed. Sod is less expensive than seeds.
This hybrid grass does not produce seeds so it is grown from plugs or little sprigs. Carefully tended to create a thick carpet.
This is then cut into sod and laid on the prepared area like tiles.
These are your benefits
* Slow-growing grass requires less mowing.
* Allergy problems are reduced by not creating pollen.
* No SeedsThey are able to blow about your yard and into the desert, where they squeeze out more important plant life.