Bermuda Grass is a warm season grass that thrives in the summer and goes dormant in the winter. It is the South’s “grass of choice” due to its hardiness and is relatively easy to maintain. The growing season for Bermuda grass is usually May through October, depending on temperatures.
Mowing Common Bermuda Grass: Mow common Bermuda Grass at a height of 3″ to 4″ to maintain the lawns color and health.
Mowing Hybrid Bermuda Grass: Mow Hybrid Bermuda Grass at height of 2″ to 3″. Try to avoid mowing the lawn too short, as this will cause more weed pressure and make the lawn more susceptible to drought stress and disease related problems. A good rule of thumb is to never cut any more than 1/3 of the blades of grass.
Irrigating Bermuda Grass: If substantial rainfall does not occur then the lawn will need to be watered. Lawns will need enough rainfall or water to thoroughly soak the roots for the lawn to thrive. To ensure your lawn reaches its full potential, a 1/4″ of water is recommended at least two times a week, especially in dry conditions. We encourage heavy soakings (twice per week) instead of lighter more frequent waterings (daily.)
Zoysia Grass is a warm season grass that thrives in the summer and goes dormant in the winter. It is an easy grass to maintain and its turf density and color make this grass a delight, even in partially shaded areas. When established and with proper maintenance this grass feels like a padded luxury carpet. The growing season for Zoysia Grass is late April through October or until first frost.
Mowing Zoysia Grass: Mowing Zoysia Grass too low can cause discoloration and plant injury. The recommended mowing height for Zoysia is 3″ to 4″ to provide a protective shield for the roots and to also maintain good turf color.
Irrigating Zoysia Grass: To ensure your lawn reaches its full potential, a 1/4″ of water is recommended at least two times a week, especially in dry conditions. We encourage heavy soakings (twice a week)instead of light, more frequent watering.(daily)
Fescue Grass is a cool season grass that thrives in the cool months. Fescue Grass is more shade tolerant and does well for the most part with proper irrigation. This is a higher maintenance type grass that needs to be overseeded annually to maintain the lawn’s color and thickness. It provides color in the lawn during the cool months unlike Bermuda and Zoysia Grass. Fescue does not do as well in our region due to our hot, humid summers. Therefore overseeding is recommended every year.
Mowing Fescue Grass:
Mowing Fescue Grass at a minimum height of 4″ is recommended for the lawn to keep good color while helping to choke out weeds. During hot and dry weather, raise the mowing height at least a 1/2″ to avoid plant injury.
Irrigating Fescue Grass: Watering twice a week, 1/4″ to 1/2″ of water, is recommended for this grass to reach its full potential.