Contrary to what people believe, Bermuda grass is not a local grass that grows in Bermuda. Instead, the grass is native to Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. It only appears in Bermuda as an invasive grass. The color of the grass is a deep green and the blades of the grass are usually 4 to 15 centimeters in length. It is best grown during the summer when it is warmer.
Bermuda grass can be used for landscaping gardens and lawns, golf courses, sports courts and also in parks. Bermuda grass is also considered a weed. It is a tough weed to remove and can be a nuisance, especially to crop fields.
Here are the steps on how to plant Bermuda grass:
- Temperature. Bermuda grass does not thrive in every area. If the temperature in your location does not go below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, then you can be sure that Bermuda grass will easily grow in your location. It is best to plant Bermuda grass during the summer so that you can easily maintain its growth. This is a type of grass which grows all year round; that is why it is the common choice for resorts, vacation spots and hotels.
- Area. You have to choose carefully where you will plant the Bermuda grass if you want the growth to be more or less equal. Choose a spot where it can be directly hit by the sun. Bermuda grass can also grow in spots where there is some shade, but putting it in an area where there is full shade for a good part of the day will inhibit its growth.
- Planting. There is a ratio that you should follow when planting Bermuda seeds. The most ideal is to plant about 3 pound of seeds for every 1,000 square feet. When you plant the seeds, do not bury them in the soil. Only put enough soil to just cover the seeds. This will determine the germination of the seeds. It is advisable to rake over the soil to spread the seeds and have a full coverage of grass in your area.
- Watering. During the first few weeks, you have to make sure that you keep the area moist. After about 3 weeks, you can lessen the watering of the grass. This will help the grass’ roots to grow deep in the soil.
- Maintenance. You can put fertilizer on the Bermuda grass to help it grow better. You can maintain the appearance of your Bermuda grass by cutting the grass and maintaining the growth at about 1 inch. You may notice that some parts of the grass have more abundant growth. Cutting back excess growth will make the Bermuda grass look even and well-maintained.
These are the steps for planting Bermuda grass successfully. Remember to maintain your grass and do not overwater; grasses have the tendency to die when there is too much water. Also, mow your lawn every few weeks to avoid having long blades of grass and having the grass turn brown.