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How do you care for Bermuda grass?

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To care for Bermuda grass, mow and fertilize it appropriately, give it the right amount of water and control weeds. Materials needed include lawn-mowing equipment, fertilizer, potash, an irrigation system and herbicides. Proper care requires a couple of hours per week, depending on the size of the lawn.

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  1. Mow to the right height for the season

    Bermuda grass grows best when it is mowed to a height between 0.75 and 1.5 inches. Begin mowing as soon as the lawn is green in the spring. Leave grass clippings on the lawn to decompose.

  2. Fertilize at the right frequency

    Apply fertilizer at a ratio of 0.5 to 1 pound per 1,000 square feet of lawn after the grass becomes green. Reapply the fertilizer once every month or two in the summer. In the fall, test the soil. If it is low in potassium, apply 1 pound of potash for every 1,000 square feet.

  3. Provide adequate water

    Irrigate the Bermuda grass when around half of the lawn is wilting. After irrigating the lawn, test it with a screwdriver to determine whether the top 6 inches or so of soil are moist. Irrigate again when the lawn begins to look wilted. Bermuda grass generally needs about 1 to 1.5 inches of water each week.

  4. Keep weeds under control

    Apply herbicides in late spring to control weeds in the summer. Any product used should be labeled safe for Bermuda grass.

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