The Q&A Archives: Help Bermuda Grass Spread

Question: My Atlanta yard is a mixed bag of fescue, bermuda, weeds, and bald patches. Over the last couple summers, I've noticed the bermuda spreading out on its own a little each year, and want to make it spread even faster. Obviously adequate water and fertilizer will help, but what about mowing? Should I keep the lawn (esp. the bermuda) short or allow it to grow long to help it spread out?

Answer: You can mow it low and you can take plugs from your existing lawn and plant them in the bare spots. Here's how: use a piece of PVC pipe or even a stainless steel bulb planter and drive it down into the turf, twist it around and pull it up. You should get a plug of bermuda along with its roots. The PVC pipe will take a smaller plug; the bulb planter will take out a larger plug. Transplant the plug into one of the bare spots in your lawn and fill the hole with the soil you take out of the bare area. The bermuda will spread to cover the bare spot in both places. Good luck with your lawn!

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