Managing Bermuda Grass: Learn How To Kill Bermuda Grass In Lawns
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Managing Bermuda grass when it invades the lawn takes some special steps. Controlling Bermuda grass in flower beds is a little easier, but the tenacious roots require deep removal. Click here for tips on how to get rid of Bermuda grass.
Topdress your lawn for a lush, thick, neat result!
Lawns typically give more than they take. Give your lawn a boost with topdressing! Sprinkle a thin layer of fresh, rich soil on the entire lawn.
Topdress will help a lawn recover from soil compaction, nutrient deficiency, and water or heat stress. Grass will grow into a picture-perfect expanse that will let you truly enjoy your garden.
Topdressing is the perfect way to increase lawn health and beauty in an organic garden without using any chemicals or synthetic fertilizer.
Kentucky bluegrass is one of the most popular cool-season options. Their seeds germinate quickly and grow into broad blades. The softness of its blades is ideal for family with young children or walking barefoot. The deep green color of its blades makes for one of the most attractive lawns. The excellent root penetration and strength make it suitable for both seed and sod.
Fescue grass is another cool-season variety, but there are many sub-types that fall under it, and some of these varieties can thrive in either warmer or cooler climates. The fine fescue, for example, is durable and is shade tolerant. It grows relatively fast and will give a lawn a subtle green color. It is also soft, which is great for families with kids and a barefoot barbecue evening.
This species creates a lawn that is soft and can resist heavy foot traffic. Perennial ryegrass is one of the most tolerant of all cool-season varieties and is relatively low maintenance.
As we know that this turfgrass is perfect to grow in the warm season and should be planted in spring to early summer. Following are some preparations that you should do:
- Selection of Site: Choose a perfect site where you can plant Bermuda grass with direct sun and well-drained soil. The best place must lie in tropical and sub-tropical climate zones. There should be proper drainage for the development of healthy and mature turf.
- Testing the Soil: A soil test is necessary before planting the grass. You can apply the best fertilizer for Bermuda grass. Maintain the PH by adding lime to get a minimum of 6 PH.
- Preparation of Seedbed: Start preparing the seedbed by loosening the soil to a six-inch depth. Level the entire area to get the pulverized soil surface. Make sure that you should not add any herbicides during planting. Wait for 10 to 14 weeks after the seeding date. Mow the area frequently to manage the weeds.
- Right Temperature: You need to plant the seeds when the soil temperature is above 18°C. The perfect soil temperature for root growth and germination of Bermudagrass is between 24° to 27° C. If you are planting in high temperatures, then maintain the moisture. You can get the desired grass in 80 to 90 days of constant temperature.
- Quantity: There is an estimate through which you can plant seeds in your lawn. You have to use 2 to 3 pounds of seeds in a 1000 sq. ft. area. Keep the quantity in mind to grow the lush green grass without any difficulty.
- Depth: It is crucial to sow the seeds deep to 1/8 inches. It is a perfect depth for the proper growth of the grass. In this way, you can keep the birds away and controls the moisture. You have to cover the entire surface with a manure mixture.
- Moisture: Maintain the moisture at the beginning of the germination. Water the seeds frequently to get perfect growth. The seeds start germinating within the plantation week. Within 20 days, it will sprout, and in the next ten days, your lawn will be covered with grass.