The Q&A Archives: Bermuda Grass

Question: Last August, we planted Bermuda sod in a small area on the west side of our house. This summer, only part of the grass grew very lush and green; the other completely dried up and shows no sign of returning. (It is in a fairly shaded area though). #1--What can I do to keep the rest from thinning out?
We have planted new sod in an area on the south side of the house now, but it is heavily shaded by a mulberry tree. #2--What are the rules in getting the grass started; how often should it be watered and how much?
Finally, we replaced the dead Bermuda with new sod, but want to avoid the same problem as with the last planting. Any suggestions?

Answer: Lori,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Bermuda needs water and fertilizer to fill in well and stay strong. It also wants lots of sun. Perhaps some of your areas are too shady. If so you may need to consider thinning out the tree canopy a bit to allow more light in...a brighter shade in other words.

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