17 Mar Spring Maintenance Ensures Bermudagrass Health Throughout Summer
The start of spring is time for those with bermudagrass to take important steps to ensure that lawns, golf courses and public spaces remain healthy throughout the spring and summer months.
Sod Solutions offers several brands of bermudagrass, including Celebration®, a deep blue-green variety that has finished best in numerous university research studies for wear tolerance and recovery, drought resistance and shade tolerance. Celebration performs well in sports venues, golf courses, public parks and home lawns but whatever the application, springtime maintenance is critically important.
Another top bermudagrass brand is Latitude 36TM. One of the most cold-hardy bermudagrasses on the market, Latitude 36 offers high traffic tolerance and exceptional visual appeal. It has excellent tensile strength and is an ideal choice for southern and transitional zone applications including sports, golf, and homes.
A beginning-of-spring buzz cut is the first step toward healthy bermudagrass. Unseasonably warm temperatures in many parts of the country might indicate that spring has arrived, but make sure you are past the final freeze of winter before buzzing your bermudagrass. This close cut will rid your turf of thatch that tends to build up on grasses with dense canopies. And make sure to bag or rake clippings and dead leaves to get them off the turf.
During the remainder of the spring, keep grass cut between one and two inches. Bermudagrass can handle a closer cut, but if you start to notice scalping or browning, you’ll want to raise the blade and mow more frequently.
The next step is to apply fertilizer. Prior to applying any fertilizer, a soil test is a great way to understand what your grass needs. Your local public university or garden center will offer a testing service and recommendation for a nominal fee. Bermudagrasses are fast growing dense grasses that often will choke out weeds when maintained properly. However, if you’ve had weed issues in the past, you’ll want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide. If it’s too late and weeds already are visible, you can apply selective weed control from your local lawn care retailer to attack weeds topically. Remember that anytime you are applying chemicals to your lawn, read the labels and follow instructions carefully.
Finally, don’t overwater your lawn. Bermudagrass is tough and can handle drought. Too much watering can lead to fungus or disease. Burmudagrass will need about an inch of water per week in the active growing season—either from rainfall or irrigation, however sandy soils usually require more water because sand drains faster than clay or heavier soils. Also remember that grass in partial shade will remain wet longer than grass in full sun, so watering should be adjusted accordingly.
These are some general rules of thumb for springtime maintenance of bermudagrass, but seeking assistance from your local extension office or landscape supply store will ensure proper maintenance of your lawn based on the requirements of your area and soil type.
Sod Solutions has produced several videos about the proper care and maintenance of its turf varieties during every season of the year. View them here.