Caring for Bermuda
With a little effort, hybrid Bermuda can be a very rewarding lawn to grow and maintain. Because Bermuda requires more nitrogen during the growing season than any other lawn grown in the Southeast, it is essential to choose higher quality products that provide the desired amount of nitrogen without producing too much top growth. The EXPO product listed below will provide ample nitrogen to the grass in a form which is more than 80% slow release. In addition to slow release nitrogen, this product also contains slow release potassium. Potassium is key in water movement and retention between plant cells, which lowers stress on the plant during hot dry periods. In essence, this new 20-0-25 EXPO product will provide a lush green lawn which is much more tolerant to drought conditions.
Bermuda performs best when mowed closely, as close as 1 to 1 ½ inches if possible. This height of cut can be easily obtained as long as the lawn is smooth. If there are several irregularities in the grade, be careful not to scalp those areas. Scalping a lawn can cause damage to the crown of the plant. If the lawn is uneven, contact one of our retail outlet location for instructions on topdressing a lawn. In order for Bermuda to look its best, you should mow your lawn every 5 to 7 days. This ensures that thatch will not become a problem and will help you avoid that “white” color of the lawn just after mowing.
Aeration has two purposes. The first is to simply loosen the soil. The second is to prune the roots. Core aeration is the recommended method and should be performed every 2 years on a typical home lawn during the growing season. If your lawn receives heavy foot traffic, it would be advisable to aerate every year. Aeration should be performed during the growing season.
Your lawn requires 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week during the growing season. Irrigation of the lawn should be performed in the early morning hours just before daylight. This practice will avoid rapid evaporation of water before it reaches the lawn; yet allow the leaf tissue to dry quickly after the sun rises. Do not water your lawn every morning for short intervals. This process will only encourage shallow root growth. Instead, water your lawn for long periods two to three times a week.
A practical understanding of your soil is essential in managing your lawn. Soil pH is perhaps the most crucial element. Most turf grasses perform best when the soil pH falls between 6.3 and 7.0. We recommend that a soil test be performed annually to check the pH values as well as other nutrient levels within the soil profile. Any Carolina Fresh Farms Turf Center will be happy to send your soil samples to our soil testing laboratory. Our soil testing program is a free service.
CUSTOMIZED MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
February 21-March 15
March 15-April 15
May 15-May 21
May 15-May 21
June 1-June 7
June 1-June 15
July 7-July 21
August 7-August 21
October 1-October 21
Fertilizers & Disease Prevention
0-0-7 .38% Prodiamine prevents summer weeds such as crabgrass
Take a soil sample; test for pH and fertility levels
16-25-12 w/ MESA provides phosphorus for root growth
16-0-8 .38% Barricade for nitrogen and more pre-emergent to extend control of summer weeds
Aloft Insecticide controls grubs and other surface feeding insects
Armada, Eagle, Heritage, Headway or Pillar as needed for the prevention of fungus
25-0-5 .51% MESA
0-0-7 .38% Prodiamine prevents winter weeds such as Poa annua
PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDES are essential in providing a weed free lawn. Never apply these products to a lawn which is not well-established.
For spreader settings or any other fertilizer information please call any of our retail outlet locations or go to lebsea.com.
Sol-u-Cal is used to adjust soil pH. When applied at a rate of 12 pounds per 1,000 square feet, Sol-u-Cal will raise the pH as much as one point in as short as 4 to 6 weeks.
Headway controls a wider range of diseases than any other currently registered product, including dollar spot, brown patch and all other major turf diseases.
Pillar G is a combination of two effective ingredients used to control and prevent numerous turf diseases.
Heritage is excellent long-term preventative control of most diseases in turf.
FIRE ANT CONTROL
If you are experiencing fire ant problems within your lawn, please contact any one of our retail outlets. There are several ways to control these insects. Our experts will help to identify the best fire ant solution for your lawn.