Category: Bermuda Bible

  • Optimizing Herbicide Effectiveness: Application Temperature vs Activation Temperature

    In the quest for a pristine lawn or garden, the battle against weeds is ongoing. Herbicides are a powerful tool in this fight, but their effectiveness can hinge on more than just the correct application; environmental factors, particularly temperature, play a pivotal role. While specific products like Certainty herbicide serve as prime examples, the principles…

  • North Texas Bermudagrass Lawn Schedule

    January If you haven’t put down pre emergent yet, late is better than never. Spec Flo is a good option. If you get green-looking “grass” this time of year, it’s probably poa annua, better known as annual bluegrass. You can spray this with Certainty if you don’t want winter weeds. It dies by itself come…

  • This Is When Bermuda Grass Goes Dormant In Each State and USDA Zone

    A common question in the space is “when does bermuda grass go dormant?”. Bermuda grass typically goes dormant when the temperatures drop in the late fall and winter. This transition to dormancy generally occurs when consistent daytime temperatures fall below 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius) and when nighttime temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees…

  • How Much Water Does Bermuda Grass Need?

    Bermuda grass (Cynodon spp.), with its C4 photosynthetic pathway, is well-adapted to hot, sunny environments and exhibits a high degree of drought tolerance. However, for maintaining optimal turf vigor and density, precise water management is essential. Optimal Irrigation Requirements Seasonal Adjustments Monitoring and Adjustment Strategies Advanced Irrigation Technology In summary, while Bermuda grass is resilient,…

  • Why Hybrid Bermuda Grass Isn’t Available from Seed

    When it comes to Bermuda grass, one question that often arises is why hybrid varieties are not available from seed. The answer lies in the complex interplay of genetics, propagation methods, and industry terminology. Genetic Sterility One of the primary reasons is genetic sterility. Hybrid Bermuda grass varieties are created through the cross-breeding of two…

  • Fall Watering Strategies for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

    Reduced Watering Needs With cooler temperatures in the fall, Bermuda grass retains moisture for longer periods, reducing the need for frequent watering. As top growth slows down later in the season, you may be able to eliminate regular watering altogether. Heat Wave Considerations Despite the general trend of reduced watering, be prepared to adjust if…

  • Fall Mowing Strategies for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

    Adjusting Mowing Frequency As daylight diminishes and temperatures decline, Bermuda grass growth rate slows. Consequently, mowing frequency can be reduced. While you may have been mowing twice a week or more during the summer, once a week may suffice in the fall. Height of Cut (HOC) Considerations Maintaining a low HOC is advisable during this…

  • Summer Weed Control for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

    Pre-Emergent Herbicides If you haven’t applied a pre-emergent herbicide, now is the time. If you have, your weed issues should be minimal unless you’re dealing with an existing problem. Post-Emergent Herbicides By summer, temperatures may be too high for over-the-counter herbicides from Lowe’s or Home Depot without risking Bermuda damage. Consider using specialized herbicides like…

  • Summer Watering Strategies for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

    Monitoring for Drought Stress Summer is a critical period for Bermuda grass irrigation. Monitor your lawn for signs of drought stress and aim for closer to 1″ of water per week. During heat waves of 95°F or higher, this amount may need to be increased to maintain turf health. Soil Type Considerations Understanding your soil…

  • Summer Fertilization for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

    Nitrogen Application Rates During summer, Bermuda grass is in its prime growing season. Continue applying 0.5-1.0 lbs of Nitrogen (N) per thousand square feet monthly, as established in previous growing seasons. Targeted Fertilization For areas that are thin or bare, consider increasing the Nitrogen application rate to up to 1.5 lbs per thousand square feet…