How to Control Bermuda Grass

Tips to Remove & Control Bermudagrass

When you want the perfect lawn, it takes time and many resources to make sure you have the healthiest lawn in town. You may not even realize it, but your lawn may not be regular grass. It could instead be bermuda grass that has quickly taken over your lawn. If you are not sure, it is easy to recognize. It quickly moves through your lawn taking over your other grass. It is a low growing grass and looks wiry. It grows quickly because it has two shoots. The one above ground is called stolons and the one below ground is called rhizomes. Both make it hard when you are trying to control Bermuda grass.

Stolons and rhizomes are responsible for the grass growing fast and in multiple locations. As the grass grows, the roots make it possible for all of the grass to be connected to the main plant. The rhizomes are usually only one to six inches below the ground, but it makes it hard when you are trying to control bermuda grass. The grass can even grow up from the soil and interrupt flowers and grass that you want growing.

Controlling Bermuda Grass Naturally

There are both natural and chemical ways to control bermuda grass. To control bermuda grass naturally, you need to know what it needs to survive and prosper. It requires a lot of sunlight, water, and its roots. Naturally, to kill the grass, you can limit the amount of sunlight it gets by putting objects in the way of its sunlight absorption. You can do this by covering the grass with a tarp or sheet. You can also plant trees or shrubs that interrupt the sun’s rays that the grass needs.

Bermuda grass also needs a lot of water to grow and spread as it does. If you can limit the amount of water it get you can keep it from attacking your lawn. Do not just dry out the grass, but you should also make sure the roots are dried out too. You can use the sun against it.

If you toll up the bermuda grass, make sure that you bring up both the stolons and the rhizomes so that the sun can dry them up. If you just destroy the grass but do not get every single stolon and rhizome, you will have bermuda grass growing again. Tilling the rhizomes up from the ground will prevent any new occurrences of bermuda grass. You can dry out the rhizomes and kills the grass. You just need to make sure that it does not rain or it will defeat the whole purpose. This is a time consuming process, but it is worth it in the end when you want to have the lawn of your dreams.

Killing Bermuda Grass with Chemicals

There are some chemical ways that you can deal with bermuda grass. One of the most well known is Round Up or glyphosate. It works by attacking and killing the grass, stolons, and rhizomes. You apply the glyphosate to the base of the plant. The berumda grass needs to be in its growing season. It will take some time for the chemical to move from the plant to the roots for you to see that the plant starting to die. You may also have to repeat the process as you start seeing new bermuda grass emerge. When the grass dies, dig up the grass and make sure you get as much of the stolons and rhizomes as possible.

Another way to Kill Bermudagrass…

There is another way you can kill bermuda grass in order to prepare your lawn for better days. Mow the bermuda grass to about 2 inches high and do it regularly. Then use one pound of nitrogen and water the grass. You do not want to stress the ground or the nitrogen as it works. The next morning apply an herbicide. It can be Round Up or Doomsday. Make sure you follow the label’s directions before applying it to the grass. There may be other weeds or flowers it kills too so you want to be careful when applying it. Do not water that entire day. The next morning turn on the sprinkler and keep the water going throughout the day. You will see results in five to 10 days because the bermuda grass will die. Apply a fourth of a pound of nitrogen to the area and spray any new grass again. Wait six to eight days and all of the bermuda grass should be dead.

Fluazifop, Ornamec Bermuda, Green Light weed killer, and Bayer Bermuda are also effective with killing bermuda grass. Whenever you are using chemicals, you need to remember that it is possible to damage the soil or other plants. Make sure you follow the label step-by-step when treating your lawn.

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