Tips On Getting Your Newly Sodded Bermuda Grass Off to a Great Start

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Bermuda Grass Care Tips

Bermuda grass is one the most beautiful turfgrass choices you can choose for your new lawn. Bermuda grass is a professional-looking turfgrass that will make your lawn stand out from the rest.

You may be in the “now what?” phase if you have just installed a Bermuda grass lawn. You have made a large investment in a living product and want to ensure a successful establishment before you move on to regular maintenance.

For more information on Bermudagrass’s characteristics and growing habits, please read the article from Sod University, All About Bermudagrass Sod.

To get the best grass for you, check out our Sod Sales Tool. Simply enter your address below. However, this article explains more about the installation process for Bermudagrass.

When to Fertilize Bermuda Grass Newly Sodded

It is crucial to fertilize your Bermuda grass during its establishment phase. 

How to Water Bermuda Grass Newly Sodded

To survive, grass requires three things: soil, sunlight, and water. You will need to water your Bermuda grass twice daily for the first nine days. This is one in the morning, and another in the evening. Each time you water the grass, it should be watered for approximately 20 minutes. You can start to reduce the frequency of watering from day 10 onwards. 

You can reduce this to once per day on days 13 and 16, or to 1 inch per week on days 16 and 16. You should ensure that your lawn gets the right amount of water from your sprinkler system.

Depending on the location of your sprinkler heads or irrigation, certain areas of your lawn might receive more water than others. This should be avoided. While you don’t want your lawn to go through drought, it’s important to not overwater your grass or promote disease. This can especially be harmful for your newly planted sod. Growth should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Be sure to water the soil for enough time so that it can seep into the soil. Most irrigation systems take about 20 minutes. If your area has received rain, you should not water as often.

You can also monitor your Bermuda grass to ensure it absorbs enough water. This can be done by inspecting the edges and the entire perimeter of your lawn.

Drying out is most common around the edges of your lawn, and between individual sod pieces. This can cause lawn disease and overwatering. Don’t water your lawn again if you notice it. You can target dry areas with a gardenhose and hand-water them.

When to Mow Bermuda Grass Newly Sodded

Your first mow should be done around 13-15 days after installation. This is an approximate estimate, as it will depend on whether your sod has already started to grow roots. Wait for the sod to establish roots before you pull up your lawnmower.

You can check your Bermuda grass by gently pulling at the edges of various pieces. If sod pieces stick to the ground they have already established roots. You should wait until they stick before you mow and keep checking it every day.

When you mow, make sure you set the mower to the highest setting. If the leaves start to rise, it is likely that your mower has been set too low, or that your sod has not established enough roots.

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