grass is actually considered a very
invasive and competitive weed, however
when properly and regularly maintained
is easy to contain. Few herbicides
are effective against it though
Roundup and Killzall work quite
well. A second spraying is usually
necessary to complete the elimination.
If not edged regularly it crawls
into your beds among shrubs and
groundcovers and you will have to
spray it with Over-The-Top herbicide
are three basic types of Bermuda
Bermuda grass is more suited
to pastures and should not be used
for a residential lawn.
Bermuda grasses are new,
dense and low-growing varieties
that can be planted from seed. 'Sahara',
'Yuma', and 'Panama' are three varieties
we have stocked at the nursery in
the past. Currently we are recommending
Panama, which is the newest generation
Bermuda seed. Panama rivals the
hybrid Bermudas such as Tift 419
ranking extremely high in most all
categories including dark color,
density, and low growth habit. SEE:
Bermuda is a low-growing,
dense grass that is available only
in sod form - the most common variety
for residential use being Tift 419
Bermuda. It displays a dark gray-green
color when fertilized properly and
mowed regularly during the peak
growing season. SEE: Sodding
Bermuda Grasses vs Common
with common bermuda, the hybrid
and turf-type grasses have more
disease resistance, greater turf
density, better weed resistance,
fewer seedheads, finer and softer
texture and a more favorable color.
prefers full sun - density is diminished
where there is too much shade. Its
drought tolerance has made it one
of the South's favorites grass types
found extensively on lawns, golf
courses, and sporting fields.
grass will go dormant with the first
severe drop in temperature in late
Fall, however can be overseeded
with ryegrass to provide a green
lawn in winter.
this is a very aggressive grass
and flower beds or other areas will
be quickly overrun if not kept in
check. Once established it is very
difficult to remove by hand due
to its extensive root system. make
sure to edge beds and structures
such as driveway and walkway edges
regularly during peak growing season.
Edging with a weed eater turned
upside down is the easiest way to
tolerance is good in Zone
8 though, during sever winters,
winter-kill can occur in spots.
height varies between 1 to 2 inches
in height. Never reduce the height
of your lawn by more than one-third
when mowing during the active growth
season. Removing more than this
can cause scalping and may take
a while to recover, during which,
the grass is more susceptible to
stress and further damage. First
mowing of the season should be after
danger of hard freezes has passed
- normally in mid-March when the
soil temperature is around 55 F.
Set your mower to lower than normal
to remove as much dead top-growth
as possible. Don't mow below 1/2"
or you could damage the plant. Bag
the clippings for this first mowing.
The lawn will turn green when soil
temperature warms to 60-65 F. Once
the lawn has greened, mow at your
most common pest for bermuda is
brown patch. Brown patch is identified
by circular brown spots that form
in the lawn, usually during rainy
periods when temperatures are high.
Treat these spots with a fungicide.
grass may be aerated anytime during
the growing season except in times
of drought. Do not aerate while
dormant during winter.