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Question: When my Bermuda grass grows, the lawn is consistently green. When I cut the grass, I lose that vibrant green color throughout my lawn. It's green with brown highlights. My lawn mover is set at the highest cut level. Should I apply a form of nitrogen or cut my grass low and hope that the grass will grow greener at a shorter level? Also, my back lawn was grown from seeds and not sodd. It is not as thick as my front sodded lawn. If I just sprinkle some seeds on the ground and water, will the seeds settle into the ground and grow?

Please help!

Answer: Shonda,

Bermudagrass is green only at the top. If you allow too much time to pass between mowings you end up cutting off the green top back down into the brown interior. The more often you mow the better it will look after you mow and the denser the lawn will grow to be. The idea is to cut no more than 1/3 off of the grass height at each mowing. Thus the shorter you keep your lawn the more often you will need to mow since it will not be able to grow much before it is time to mow again. Regular mowing and moderate fertilizing will also help keep your back lawn dense and attractive. I don't think adding seed will be necessary or helpful.

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