Summer Mowing Strategies for Bermuda Grass: A Technical Guide

Frequency and Height

By summer, Bermuda grass should be fully green, requiring frequent mowing for optimal appearance. Mowing at least twice a week is advised. If you’re mowing above 3″, you could mow once a week, but this is discouraged as it leads to thin, leggy Bermuda grass, causing issues as the season progresses.

Precision Mowing

For those maintaining lawns at around 0.5″, mowing every other day is necessary unless you opt for a Plant Growth Regulator (PGR). PGRs will be discussed in the Advanced Practices section.

The One-Third Rule

Never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade in a single mowing session. This can stress the grass and extend recovery time. For a lawn maintained at 1″, mow before the grass height exceeds 1.5″.

Encouraging Density

Mowing Bermuda grass before it reaches the maximum recommended height encourages denser growth. This is particularly effective for lawns maintained at lower heights.

Advanced Practices: Plant Growth Regulators

For those maintaining lawns at around 0.5″, the use of Plant Growth Regulators can reduce the mowing frequency without compromising lawn quality. PGRs inhibit vertical growth while promoting lateral and root growth, making them an effective tool for summer lawn management.

Recommendation

For optimal summer maintenance, mow Bermuda grass at least twice a week, adhere to the one-third rule, and consider the use of PGRs for lawns maintained at lower heights. These practices align with advanced turf management strategies, ensuring a dense, resilient lawn throughout the summer season.


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