Bermudagrass Expectations in Williamsburg in Spring

Lawn Care

Bermudagrass Expectations During the Spring Months 

Each spring, Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy at different times. Some years Bermudagrass will start turning green in March, and other times as late as the start of May. Once the Bermudagrass comes out of dormancy, it will not grow like it does after a good July thunderstorm in the Williamsburg area.  Air temperatures in Williamsburg in late May average highs of 83 degrees and lows of 63 degrees. In our experience, Bermudagrass does not really start to grow to its full potential until after Memorial weekend. After Memorial weekend, it is guaranteed that day and night temperatures will rise higher along with the humidity, which is the perfect recipe for thriving Bermudagrass. 

What time of the year does Bermudagrass appear?  

Bermudagrass begins to turn green in the spring when night temperatures consistently stay above 60 degrees, and/or the soil temperatures are 65 degrees or higher when taken at a four-inch depth. The warmer temperatures stimulate new growth from the stolons and rhizomes of the plant. Bermudgrass does not green up from the brown stems and leaves that can be seen during the winter. The plant actually greens up from the ground up. Therefore, it is beneficial to cut Bermuda grass down to one inch or lower in the first part of April. 

How do I mow Bermudagrass in the spring?  

In early April, we recommend mowing Bermudagrass at 1 inch or lower to allow more sunlight to reach the soil surface and heat the soil more quickly. After the initial mowing, maintaining a mowing height of 1.5 -2 inches is recommended.  

Do I need to fertilize Bermudagrass?  

It is important to apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer to the yard in May. This allows the Bermudagrass plant to obtain nutrients and be prepared to grow when the time comes. With optimum growth, Bermudagrass will be able to fill in any voids from winter damage. By the end of June, a Bermudagrass stand should be fully grown in. 

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