Friday, June 25, 2010

Three Ways to Care for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass gets its name because of its widespread growth in the islands of Bermuda. The grass is a perennial grass that originates from Africa, but you can find it scattered throughout the United States. Similar to centipede grass, Bermuda grass can resist droughts and requires very little maintenance to grow. It is common to find Bermuda grass in areas such as sports fields. It is also possible to find Bermuda grass growing in your front yard. If you have this type of grass, here are three tips on caring for and maintaining your lawn.

Lawn experts suggest you cut Bermuda grass on a weekly basis. This will help keep the grass healthy and is especially true in climates with longer growing seasons, such as climates that do not have a winter season. Professionals suggest you cut up to one-third of the length of grass blades during each mowing.

Bermuda grass can survive droughts, but it grows best when it has access to water. While the grass does not require huge amounts of water, providing a soaking of approximately one inch of water every four to five days is an ideal growing environment for Bermuda grass. The amount you need to water the grass may vary based on weather conditions. During rainy seasons, you can let Mother Nature take over. During dry periods, you will need to add additional water to promote growth. Try not to over water the grass, because too much water can cause fungi and mold to develop.

The best fertilizer for Bermuda grass is the grass clippings that occur when you mow. Instead of bagging and trashing them, leave the grass clippings on the lawn to help the Bermuda grass grow. Clippings also help to reduce the need for watering the grass and for adding artificial fertilizer.

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