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Bermuda Grass Calendar - When To Do Just About Everything!

We've spread our bermuda grass advice across many pages of this website.  Now, we bring it all together in one simple plan.  Well, two plans to be precise.  We realize that some people are more relaxed about their lawn than others and we suggest two schedules.

The precise timing of each activity will vary based on your climate zone, rainfall, and other factors beyond our control so please understand that this bermuda grass lawn care calendar is a suggestion.  You are responsible for adjusting according to your specific circumstances.

We took the time to build this calendar from scratch based on our ten+ years of bermuda grass lawn experiences and research.  You may print copies of this schedule for your personal home use or for school projects and educational purposes.  We also welcome links to this page from other websites.  However, please honor our © Copyright 2009, 2010 and do not copy or modify this calendar for use on another website, for commercial purposes, for publication, or for any reason not explicitly stated above.

Month Normal Schedule Enthusiasts Schedule
January

If you are in the deep south and temperatures are starting to warm, apply a preventer to minimize the cool season weeds that will begin to germinate.

 

Clear leaves and pine needles from your lawn if you can see less lawn than leaves.

Apply a preventer if you have had a "warm spell" for three or more days as weeds will begin to germinate.

 

Keep all leaves, pine needles, gum balls, pine cones, and branches off lawn.  Don't allow buildup.

 

If this is your rainy season and the lawn is soft, use the opportunity to smooth out bumps in your bermuda grass lawn with a sod roller.

February

Keep debris off lawn.

 

Watch for weed patches and apply liquid weed control if needed.

Continue keeping lawn clear of any debris.

 

Attack weeks aggressively with a liquid weed control.  Hand pluck small or scattered weed areas.

 

Toward the end of February, the southern most latitudes of North America may warm enough that new bermuda grass growth is evident.  If so, apply a time release fertilizer like Scotts.

 

Do NOT scalp your bermuda grass to remove the dead or dormant stalks from winter.  This will actually harm your bermuda grass as new growth often originates from the base of dormant stalks.  Scalping will also allow air, water and light to cool season weeds which will be growing more aggressively right now.  Finally, scalping may also disturb the weed preventive barrier or fertilizer layer you have applied reducing its effectiveness.

March

Apply time release fertilizer mid-month.

 

Begin mowing at a height of 1 to 1 and 1/4 inch once per week.

Core aerate your lawn.

 

Begin mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.  Start with once a week but as your bermuda grass fully greens and thickens, increase to twice a week.

 

Have a soil analysis performed to determine the pH of your lawn and apply treatment as recommended by the results.

 

We recommend a power reel mower if you will be keeping your grass at 1/2 of an inch or lower.  Read more about our mower recommendations.

April

Continue mowing once per week at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch.

Continue mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch once or twice per week, depending on how quickly your bermuda grass begins to grow.

 

Water deeply once every other week if rainfall has been light.

May

Continue mowing at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch once every five or six days.

 

Apply an all purpose ant and insect killer.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs.  See our bermuda grass watering guidelines here.

Apply another round of controlled release fertilizer for your bermuda grass.

 

Continue mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice per week.

 

Apply an all purpose ant and insect killer.

 

Water deeply as needed but not frequently.  Your goal is to train your bermuda grass roots to go deeper without stressing the grass as the day time temperatures rise.

 

Apply a weed killer in liquid or granular form.

June

Continue mowing at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch once every five or six days.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs.

 

Apply a weed killer in liquid or granular form.

 

Continue mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice per week.

 

Consider using aerator sandals once this month when you mow, preferably when the soil is moist.  These can be hard on the feet and legs, however, so consider your physical condition first.

 

Apply grub control such as Scotts GrubEx or Bayer Advanced Grub Control.

 

If you have thin spots and can't explain the source as disease or pests, examine the level of thatch build up.  If the soil-level layer of grass, leaves and debris is 1/8 of an inch or more, use a thatch rake to remove the buildup by hand in the affected area

July

Apply time release fertilizer mid-month.

 

Continue mowing at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch once every five or six days.

 

Apply grub control such as Scotts GrubEx or Bayer Advanced Grub Control.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs but water deeply rather than frequently.

Apply another round of time (controlled) release fertilizer for your bermuda grass.

 

Continue mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice per week.

 

Water deeply and more frequently as needed.

August

Continue mowing at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch once every five or six days.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs but water deeply rather than frequently.

 

Spot treat ant mounds.

Continue mowing at a height of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch twice per week.  Consider raising your mowing height 1/4  to 1/2 of a inch and adding a day or two between mowing if heat and drought has been excessive for your area.  If you raise your mowing height, however, keep that height for the remainder of the season.

 

Spot treat ant mounds.

 

Apply a weed killer in liquid or granular form.

 

Water deeply and more frequently as needed.

September

Continue mowing at a height of 1 to 1 1/4 inch once every five or six days.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs but water deeply rather than frequently.

 

As soon as your night time temperatures drop into the 50s, apply a weed preventer like Halts®.

Continue mowing up to twice per week.  The northern edge of bermuda grass zones will begin to cool, however, and bermuda grass growth will slow.

 

As soon as your night time temperatures drop into the 50s, apply a weed preventer like Halts®.

 

Monitor your grass for watering needs.

 

Consider using aerator sandals once this month when you mow.  These can be hard on the feet and legs, however, so consider your physical condition first.

October

Mow as needed.

 

Apply weed control as needed.

 

Apply a "winterizer" fertilizer.

 

Keep leaf buildup from smothering your lawn.

Mow as needed.

 

Apply weed control as needed.

 

Apply a "winterizer" fertilizer.

 

Keep leaf buildup from smothering your lawn.

November

For some zones, this may be the last month you need to mow.

 

Monitor leaf and debris buildup.

Mow if needed.  Do not change the height, only frequency.  Once lawn is completely brown, mowing should not be necessary unless you have an invasion of weeds to keep at bay.

 

Keep all leaves, pine needles, gum balls, pine cones, and branches off lawn.  Don't allow buildup.

 

If this is your rainy season and the lawn is soft, use the opportunity to smooth out bumps in your bermuda grass lawn with a sod roller.

December

Monitor leaf and debris buildup.  Otherwise, your lawn should be dormant.  Enjoy the month off!

Keep lawn surface clear of debris.

 

Spot treat or pluck small weed problem areas.