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How to Control Bermudagrass on Your LawnImage result for bermudagrass

If you’re looking to maintain a healthy lawn, one grass that you wouldn’t want growing in your yard is the invasive and persistent bermuda grass. Not only is this grass unsightly in general, for people who suffer from allergies, bermudagrass may cause allergy symptoms to flare up and that’s not something you should tolerate when you step outside your home. Bermudagrass is an aggressive invader and because of its tendency to be stubborn, it could quite a challenge to control this weed. Even after it’s dead there’s a good chance they may return to haunt lawns once again. While complete control and elimination of bermudagrass can be tricky since bermudagrass doesn’t give up without a fight, there are ways to overcome the plant and take back your lawn and we’ll share them with you here.

 

Bermudagrass Background Information

Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) is a perennial plant sometimes confused with crabgrass, but unlike crabgrass bermuda grass does not die at the end of the growing season. Native to harsh climates of Africa, bermudagrass can tolerate the most unsavory of conditions, from heat, to drought and heavy foot traffic. It is usually because of it’s durability that some lawn owners use bermudagrass as their primary turfgrass.

The blades are a grey-green color and are short with rough edges.The erect stems can grow 1–30 cm (0.39–11.81 in) tall. The stems are slightly flattened, often tinged purple in colour. Bermudagrass also has a deep root system; in drought situations with penetrable soil, the root system can grow to over 6 feet deep The grass creeps along the ground and roots wherever a node touches the ground, forming a dense mat.

Bermudagrass spreads through seeds, runners, and rhizomes. Growth begins at temperatures above 15 °C (59 °F) with optimum growth between 24 and 37 °C (75 and 99 °F); in winter, the grass becomes dormant and turns brown. Growth is promoted by full sun and retarded by full shade, e.g., close to tree trunks.

Bermudagrass establishes from deep rhizomes and surface stolons, which need to be destroyed for complete control. A combination of cultural and herbicide methods is your best bet to eliminate Bermuda grass in lawns and garden beds effectively.



The Best Method To Effectively Eliminate Bermudagrass

Recommended Pre-emergents:

 

One way of tackling this pesky weed is through pre-emergent. Our recommended pre-emergents would save you a lot of time weeding if your timing is right. Pre-emergents prevent seeds from germinating and maturing. The best time to apply these are in the springtime before as these plants start to grow and thrive in the summertime and lay dormant in the winter waiting to grow when conditions are ideal. If bermudagrass has already germinated on your lawn, these products will be ineffective. This is when using post-emergents is necessary.

 

Recommended Post-emergents:

 

When Bermudagrass has already been growing and spreading on your lawn, it’s time to get out the big guns. From our trials and experiences with treating bermudagrass we found what works best is any herbicide which contains glyphosate. However, since glyphosate is a non-selective “kill-all” herbicide, you would need to be extra careful not to apply the chemical on any of your desired plants and vegetation.

Timing will be very important when treating bermudagrass. Treat the weed when it is actively growing between the months of May and September. Apply in early spring when growth is less than 6 inches high and again before new growth reaches the same height.

Bermudagrass Control Tips and Recommendations

  • Bermudagrass is a very resilient weed so you may need repeated applications to get the job done. Don’t expect to spray once and lay in your hammock thinking you’ve done enough. Bermudagrass won’t give up that easy.

  • THE LABEL IS THE LAW! To use herbicides safely and successfully, read the manufacturer's label carefully and follow directions. Application rates vary based on the different types of herbicides.

  • When handling any pesticide be sure to wear the right protective equipment to cover your skin, eyes, nasal openings and mouth.

  • Want some more details on how-to conduct a proper herbicide treatment application and remove other problem weeds? Go browse our knowledge base or view our informative How-To Videos.

 

Want to speak to a live expert regarding your bermudagrass problem and get recommendations customized to your specific situation? Contact us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or call our customer service line at (800) 479-6583.

 

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