The grass around your home plays an important role. Not only does it complete the overall look of your house, but a healthy, green lawn also improves your curb appeal and the value of your home. Unfortunately, most people do not place enough time or energy into understanding and maintaining their lawn. Of course, there are different types of grasses, each requiring their own type of care. If you have Bermuda grass planted, you may believe this grass does not require much effort because it is so durable. However, your lawn will require ample understanding and maintenance. Here are a few surprising facts about Bermuda grass.
Warm Season Grass
You may be surprised to learn that Bermuda is a warm season grass, so it is not an ideal choice if you live in the northern part of the country where temperatures are cooler.
It thrives in areas that receive full sun and is capable of withstanding periods of drought. Unfortunately, this causes many people to believe Bermuda does not need to be watered. After planting, make sure to water thoroughly. Once established, water your lawn only if it feels dry to the touch.
Another interesting fact about Bermuda grass is that it goes through a period of dormancy during the winter. Many people believe that they have killed their lawns because Bermuda turns a straw-like or brown color in the winter, but that is not true.
Bermuda goes dormant because it has such a low tolerance to the cooler temperature, but it will grow back in the middle to late part of the spring season.
If you prefer a green lawn all through the year, consider overseeding the lawn with ryegrass in the fall. Your Bermuda grass will still go dormant, but the ryegrass will grow in green during the winter and remain until the Bermuda grass comes back.
Bermuda grows low to the ground, so it is best to mow your lawn short.
Most experts recommend mowing a Bermuda lawn to a height of only one or one and half inches. This will require adjusting your mower lower to the ground. In addition, you should make sure your blades are sharpened and in good condition before each growing season begins. This will ensure the grass blades are cut in the most effective and even manner possible.
Bermuda may be one of the easiest grasses to maintain, but it still requires understanding and care. To learn more about this durable, drought-tolerant grass, contact your lawn care service specialist today.
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