The Q&A Archives: re: your response to my poa grass question

Question: Thank you so much for your quick reply! I forgot to mention that we have Bermuda grass - not St. Augustine. Does that make any difference? I'm thinking not, but just in case . . .

Answer: Actually, it does make a difference, so I'm glad you asked! A thick, healthy bermuda lawn will crowd out weeds so putting your lawn on a regular feeding, mowing and watering schedule will help the lawn grow lush and thick over the coming growing season. Ignore the previous suggestion of withholding water this summer. Bermuda won't bounce back as quickly as St. Augustine from droughty conditions. Instead, give your turf really good care this spring and summer and attack the annual bluegrass this fall or winter. Bermuda thrives on fertilizer, so plan on applying fertilizer to your Bermuda two or three times during the growing season. In April, it will start to come out of its dormant state. When it is about 50% green, apply a slow-release, high nitrogen fertilizer to your lawn. Make a second application about six to eight weeks later or as directed on the bag. A third application in another six weeks may be desired. Apply a "winterizer" to Bermuda in late October to prevent winter injury. To prevent winter weeds like poa annua, apply a crabgrass preventer to your Bermuda lawn in late September or early October. Apply it again in February to prevent crabgrass and certain other broadleaf weeds from sprouting. A healthy, well-fed Bermuda lawn rarely has a weed problem.

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