Bermuda grass has the fastest growth rate of any of the warm-season grasses. It spreads by both above-ground stems and below-ground stems. While its aggressive growth rate can make Bermuda grass difficult to contain, it enables the grass to endure heavy use. It recuperates from damage far more quickly than most grasses, and, as a result, is the preferred grass for athletic fields and golf course tee areas and fairways.
In frost-free climates, Bermuda grass stays green all winter. However, it typically goes dormant and turns brown during winter through much of its growing region. Dormancy generally starts earlier and lasts longer than warm-season alternatives such as Zoysia grass.
Bermuda Grass Lawn Care
Bermuda is best planted in spring, after the final frost, as warm-season grasses come out of dormancy and enter prime growth. Because of its aggressive growth rate, Bermuda grass can require more maintenance than other grasses. It might be necessary to mow twice a week during this period to keep Bermuda at its recommended height of 1 to 1 1/2 inches for home lawns.
Though the grass is drought tolerant, Bermuda will go dormant during periods of extended drought. Give it 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water from rainfall or supplemental irrigation to avoid summer dormancy. When your plans call for a tough, durable and wear-resistant warm-season lawn that withstands heat and drought, Bermuda grass may be the perfect solution.
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