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Question: i have bermuda grass how can i make it thicker n greener also whats the best ferterlizer to use n how much water does it neeed weekyly

Answer: Bermuda thrives on fertilizer. You should apply fertilizer to Bermuda two to 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. Use about one pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet of 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. Water to a soil depth of 4 to 6 inches. Probe with a screwdriver to determine moisture depth. Bermudagrass needs a weekly application of about 1 to 1? inches of water. On sandy soils it often requires more frequent watering, for example, ? inch of water every third day. It is often necessary to irrigate an area for 3 to 5 hours to apply 1 inch of water. Because clay soils accept water slowly, irrigate just until runoff occurs, wait ? hour until the water has been absorbed, and then continue irrigating until the desired depth or amount is obtained. A dark bluish gray color, footprinting, and wilted, folded, or curled leaves indicate that it is time to water. 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. A healthy, well-fed Bermuda lawn rarely has a weed problem. If weeds do develop, apply a lawn weed killer in June to control growing weeds.

Best wishes with your lawn.

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