How to Get Dark Green Bermuda Turf

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Most homeowners with a lawn would prefer their lawns to look thick and luxuriously green. Such lawns speak well of the homeowner and add a look of well-cared-for elegance to a property. A deep, dark green Bermuda turf lawn can also increase the value of a home and can certainly improve the looks of a neighborhood. Bermuda is a warm-weather grass, greening best in the summer months. Getting that dark green Bermuda turf lawn is a matter of providing special care and watering.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard steel rake
  • Nitrogen-based fertilizer
  • Water

Rake your Bermuda turf with a hard, steel rake to remove all dead grass, thatch and other debris. Allow the tines of the rake to scratch the surface of the soil. This should be done in spring following the final frost of the season.

Spread 1/2 inch to 1 inch of high-quality composted manure on top of the grass and water it well. Run your sprinkler for one hour to allow the nitrogen and phosphorous from the compost to enter the soil.

Water your lawn twice each week during the summer, running your sprinkler a half hour in the mornings. Water more often if extreme weather conditions are drying the soil between waterings. Keep the soil slightly damp, but do not overwater. Bermuda does not like soggy soil.

Mow once each week, with your lawn mower set to 3 to 3 1/2 inches high. Mowing weekly will keep your lawn looking its best and help reduce weeds.

Spread 1/2 inch of composted manure on your lawn in August, watering it well. Allow your sprinkler to run for one hour in the morning to soak the nitrogen and phosphorous from the manure into the soil.

Do not walk across the lawn in the same path repeatedly as this will compact the soil and reduce the color and stamina of your lawn.

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