Winter Lawn Care Tips For Bermuda Grass
One of the most popular grass types in use is Bermuda Grass. It looks great when maintained properly and while it may go into a dormant phase during winter, that doesn’t mean you can stop looking after it. In many areas, particularly in the south, winter often hails a dry season where rainfall drops rather than increases. This is why the nation is divided into zones when it comes to lawns. The cold weather zone often has winter snow, the transitional zone either light snow, sleet or rain, and warm weather zone mild winter temperatures with lower rainfalls.
Many gardeners also have a Winter Rye-grass mixed in with their Bermuda Grass, or they oversow every fall with Rye. This maintains a green looking lawn when their Bermuda Grass goes dormant. Lower rainfall means that most lawns will require supplemental watering. This is best done when the weather predictions are for fine sunny days. Water early, water deep, and only water every 10-14 days. This will ensure the roots don’t dry out and cause them to die off. You need to maintain a good strong healthy root system over winter to ensure a good growth habit in spring and summer.
You can also do minor repair work in winter, but only if you are not subject to frosts. The easiest way to repair any damaged areas is by using a lawn seeding tool to perforate the surface then oversowing with the same type of seed that is in your lawn. This should be done when the weather forecast is for fine days for at least a week ahead. Water the seed in well then only water again if the soil starts to dry out.
If you want to give your grass seed a boost, create a mini green house by making a plastic igloo over the area patched. Use a clear plastic sheet and several metal hoops to create your igloo – be sure to leave open ends for air flow. You will find your lawn seed germinates well in the igloo and grows quite quickly. After 14 days you can start to remove the igloo during the day, only returning it at night. Once your new grass has a good inch or two of growth, you can remove the igloo altogether.
Don’t fertilize Bermuda Grass in winter since this will only causing burning. Bermuda Grass is generally dormant so fertilizer will only feed weeds, or get washed away, neither conducive to good gardening. Mow only when the grass requires it, water it regularly, and you Bermuda Grass will be ready to become a real lawn in the spring.