Turf Grass Management - Bermuda

Establishment: Seed, Sod, Plugs, Sprigs

Grass strengths: Heat, drought, and wear tolerant. Can grow in many soil types.


·      Mowing Height – Ideally ¾” - 1.5” but for most home owners 2” - 2.5” is a reasonable height.

·      Mowing Frequency – Weekly during growing season, bi weekly in transition to dormancy, no mowing required during dormancy.

o   In upstate SC (Greenville, SC) we typically see the grass start greening up mid – end of March, and start going dormant end of October – beginning of November.

o   On average, you can expect 28-32 mows over the course of the year.

·      Nitrogen per year: 2-4 lbs. per 1000 square feet.

·      Disease tendency: Low

·      Weaknesses: Shade – do not plant in any level of consistent shade.

·      Industry best practices: Core aerate, get on a professional fertilizer and weed control program.

See https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/bermudagrass-maintenance-calendar/ for more information.

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