Everything You Need to Know About Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a popular grass in Arizona. Find out why…

Bermuda grass is found in climates and countries around the world. It is a perennial warm-weather grass, which means it grows back every year during the late spring through the summer months and also requires full and direct sunlight and good drainage.

The best time to plant Bermuda grass, specifically in Arizona, is in late spring or early summer when temperatures begin to climb beyond 80° Fahrenheit. If you plant after the time slot, perhaps in late August, you run the risk of the grass not producing and storing the necessary food for the winter months ahead. If planted in early spring, Bermuda may be slow to germinate.

Bermuda grass stops growing when temperatures drop below 60° Fahrenheit and will go into dormancy as soon as temperatures drop below 50° Fahrenheit.

Most of Bermuda’s roots stay within 6 inches of the surface, however, they can reach 6 feet or more in-depth. This means, that, unlike other warm-weather grasses, Bermuda’s expansive root system provides more resilience against environmental strains. It also has the fastest growth rate out of all the warm-weather grasses.

To keep your Bermuda grass looking green and healthy, it is important to know how to properly care for and maintain it. Here are the basic things you should know:

  1. Make sure it is receiving at least 7 hours of sunlight a day.
  2. Once out of dormancy, give your grass 1-inch of water a week. As soon as it starts getting hot, increase to 2 inches a week.
  3. Bermuda grass should always be mowed between 1 to 1 ½ inches in height.

At Green Keeper, we are lawn experts who can help you keep your Bermuda grass looking green and healthy. We can also help control weeds that sprout up in your lawn and figure out why your lawn may be experiencing pearl scale or nutsedge. Call us today to start services.