How to Kill Bermuda Grass


Bermuda grass offers one of the most common problems homeowners find in their yard. When you first identify the grass, you might feel tempted to simply pull the weeds out, but this isn't an appropriate solution. The weeds have long roots that go far into the ground. Left alone, the weeds slowly work their way through your yard, taking over the flowerbeds you carefully planted earlier in the year. Killing off the Bermuda grass lets your garden and lawn shine once again.

Things You'll Need

  • Bermuda grass herbicide
  • Plastic sheets
  • Bricks
  • Visit your local home improvement store or garden center and ask for herbicide specifically meant for Bermuda grass. The sprays are easy to use and kill only the Bermuda grass and other weeds, without killing your other plants or damaging your lawn. Round Up is just one company that makes this type of product.

  • Locate the areas of your lawn or garden where the Bermuda grass is currently growing. Bermuda grass looks similar to crabgrass and has up to seven branches shooting up from the ground. The leaves on the branches feature white veins and they may have some spiky pieces as well.

  • Attach the spray nozzle to the top of the bottle, following the instructions listed on the bottle. You typically need to unscrew the lid and remove the foil before adding the spray nozzle. Direct the nozzle at the Bermuda grass, spraying an even coating across the surface of the grass.

  • Cover the treated areas with plastic sheets and lay bricks on each corner, to fully weight down the sheets and keep them from moving. The heat from the sun helps the Bermuda grass fully absorb the herbicide and makes it dry faster.

  • Spot treat your lawn at least once a week. Check for any signs that the Bermuda grass is returning and spray any small areas you see. While the herbicide kills the weed quickly, it can still come back. The sooner you spray any new offshoots, the easier it is to control the problem.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use an herbicide if the forecast calls for rain--even sprinkles--in the next 24 hours. The water will wash away the herbicide before it has the chance to fully attack the Bermuda grass.
  • Spray the herbicide on the leaves of the Bermuda grass, as well as around the base. This helps fully coat the weed and kill it quickly.

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