Summer Bermuda Grass
May is the perfect time of year to transition from your winter lawn to your summer Bermuda lawn. At SummerWinds Nursery, we have the grass seed you need to grow a fabulous summer lawn!
Did you know? Bermuda grass goes dormant in the fall and begins growing again in May. It doesn't need to be replanted annually and it can handle the overseeding of a winter lawn!
Hulled vs. Unhulled
There are two types of Bermudagrass available—hulled and unhulled. Hulled Bermudagrass seed has no outer coat. It has been removed, which makes it easier to germinate since water is able to enter the seed faster. This also makes it more suseptible to the elements.
We recommend buying both hulled and unhulled grass seed and planting a 50/50 combination of the seeds. The hulled seed will germinate quickly, while the unhulled seed will germinate gradually, filling out your lawn so that it is lush and even as it grows throughout the season.
Wonderlawn Bermuda Grasses
Excellent for lawns, sports fields, fairways, and all general Bermuda grass uses:
- Wonderlawn Barmuda Brand - Hulled Bermudagrass Blend: A blend of very drought tolerant, durable turf-type hulled bermudagrass varieties. Developed for a broad range of soil conditions.
- Wonderlawn Unhulled Bermudagrass - Grass Seed Blend: A blend of unhulled Bargusto Bermudagrass and Transcontinental Bermudagrass.
Care of Your Bermuda Grass
Starting Your Bermuda Lawn by Seed
In order for Bermuda grass to grow, the soil needs to be moist and soil temperatures need to remain high—with consistent nighttime lows in the 70s or higher. Once you soil has been prepared, spread the seed and cover it with SummerWinds' Soil Conditioner & Seed Cover. Keep it evenly moist during daytime hours, in order for germination to occur.
The key to healthy Bermuda grass is to avoid wilting between watering. We recommend deep waterings during the cool morning hours—before 5:00 a.m. To keep the top 1-inch of soil moist enough for germination, we recommend 4-5 short waterings during the day.
Once your Bermuda grass seed begins to grow, we recommend starting off by mowing it to a height of 3/4-inch. This is short enough to help kill off your winter rye grass while allowing your summer Bermuda grass to grow. Then, each month, increase your mower's cut hight by approximately 1/4-inch (depending on what your lawn mower settings allow) until you reach a maximum height of 2-inches.
Then, starting in September, we recommend mowing in the reverse pattern—decrease your cut height by approximately 1/4-inch every two weeks. This will make it easier to transition to, and plant, your winter rye grass later in the fall. It will also help force your Bermuda grass into dormancy.
At SummerWinds Nursery, we recommend the following fertilizers from Fertilome:
For additional recommendations about caring for your summer lawn, read our blog "How To Prepare And Maintain Your Summer Lawn."
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