Insects, disease, and weeds are the root of all Bermuda lawn problems. The difference with Bermuda grass versus other kinds of grass is that it is tolerant to drought (most cases it can survive for up to two weeks without watering), salt, and cold. Bermuda grass becomes dormant in cold weather and turns brown. As soon as summer returns, it awakens as strong and as vibrant as ever.
Grows like a Weed
This drive to survive is also one of the biggest Bermuda lawn problems an owner faces. Bermuda grass grows at such a constant and fast pace that, if not tended to and mowed at least twice a week, the grass overwhelms flowerbeds, walkways, and borders.
- One interesting fact of Bermuda grass is that one square meter of this grass watered under ideal conditions and left untended will cover an area equal to the United States in one year. To some, Bermuda grass can almost be classified as a weed.
Despite all these great survival strengths, this grass has equally great weaknesses. Bermuda grass can not grow in shade of any kind. It needs direct sunlight. The rest of the lawn could be thriving while underneath a tree there is bare ground. These Bermuda lawn problems of patchy ground can be quickly resolved by landscaping. However, the grass’s other weaknesses are not so easily defeated.
Problems with Pests
As Bermuda grass has to be tended, fertilized, and trimmed on a consistent basis, it opens up susceptibility to various diseases, weeds, and insects.
Serious pests like armyworms, mites, and mealy bugs are attracted to the freshly cut and moist lawn and feed upon foliage by sucking out juices from the stems.
Grubs are attracted to root systems, and to add to the Bermuda lawn problems, ants and ticks are attracted to its dense, damp growth for shelter. The grass can survive small populations of these insects but if the pests start to run rampant, chemical or biological control methods may be needed to curb the problem to manageable levels.
Diseases, Fungi and Parasites
Fungi diseases like pythium and dollar spot that thrive in wet ground attack healthy Bermuda grass. Several species of nematodes, an organic parasite, often cause many Bermuda lawn problems by killing the grass and forming dead brown patches.
As with insects, chemicals can be used to control both disease and nematodes. These diseases can often be avoided by not over-watering.
Weeds can also be one of the serious Bermuda lawn problems. They usually pop up where the growth is thin or in spots attacked by insects. Herbicides are the best remedy for these annoyances. Depending on what kind of weeds you have will determine the herbicide.
If you take care of these Bermuda lawn problems, you can rest assured to have a beautiful well-manicured green lawn all summer long. All it takes is a keen eye, a little effort, and a lot of care.
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