bermuda grass fertilization and disease control - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by picrog
January 10, 2009
Please tell me the time frames that i should be applying fertilizer and weed control for my bermuda lawn. Also, what type of products should I use.
Thank You

Answer from NGA
January 10, 2009


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. 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. 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. To keep bermuda from invading your flower beds, use a shove or garden spade and step down hard to sever the roots. Then manually remove the clumps. Do this every few weeks and you'll stop bermuda from encroaching into your garden beds. It's easier and more effective than placing barriers between the lawn and the beds.

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