Begin mowing regularly when the grass turns green and reaches the desired mowing height. Bermuda grass should be mowed at 0.5 to 2.5 inches. Higher mowing heights may be needed on uneven lawns to avoid scalping. Mow often to avoid removing more than one-third of the leaf blade. It isn’t necessary to collect clippings unless they remain as clumps on the lawn surface. Mowing more frequently to avoid clippings buildup is more efficient than emptying the collection bag.

Apply 0.5 to 1.0 pound of nitrogen per thousand square feet approximately three weeks after the grass turns green in late May. Submit a soil sample to determine phosphorous and potassium requirement. Also apply lime if suggested according to a soil test.

Irrigation is seldom needed on Bermuda grass during the spring except for newly sodded areas or if dry, hot windy conditions occur for an extended period. A dark bluish gray color, foot-printing and wilted folded or curled leaves indicate it is time to water. Proper irrigation may prevent or reduce pest problems and environmental stress later in the summer.

As for weed control, now is the time to use products for post emergence crabgrass control and post emergence sedge control.

Last but not least, check diseases and insect pests and treat if necessary.

For more information on lawn care, please feel free to contact the Phillips County Extension Office at 338-8027