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Tifway Bermuda Lawn Maintenance

Tifway Bermuda Lawn Maintenance

We’ve used our many years of experience in growing your Tifway® Bermuda sod. You’ve attentively laid the rolls and watered to establish your lawn. Follow these instructions to ensure your Tifway Lifetime Lawn is indeed a true classic:

Mowing Tifway Bermuda Sod

  • Mow at 1.5 inch cutting height. Mow no more than 1/3 of the leaf off at one mowing. Use sharp mower blades and catch and remove clippings. Can be mowed with either reel or rotary mower.
  • Mowing may be required on a 3-to-6-day interval.
mow when grass is this tall: 0.75 to 2.5 inches (5cm)
set cutting height of mower to:  0.5 to 2 inches (3.7cm)


Watering Tifway Bermuda

Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings.

Though drought tolerant, Bermuda best performs when it receives approximately 1 inch of water per week. If one or more inches of rainfall occur in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.)

Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)

Fertilizing Tifway Bermuda

  • Fertilize with Super-Sod’s Total Lawn Food 16-4-8 + Iron and Pelletized Dolomitic Limestone, which can be purchased at your local Super-Sod store. Fertilize according to the table below and according to soil test recommendations.
  • Apply between 4 and 6 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet annually, during the growing season. Select a fertilizer that is labeled for use on Bermudagrass lawns. Do not apply fertilizer to wet turf to avoid burning. Too much fertility will result in a thatchy and unhealthy lawn. 
  • Read about How to Calculate Fertilizer Rates.

weed control in Tifway Bermuda

  • Bermuda's vigorous growth can retard weed infestation. However, use of a pre-emergent herbicide, recommended for use on Bermuda lawns on the label, is strongly recommended in the spring and fall.
  • Apply weed control products that are specifically labeled for Bermuda grass. Apply weed control according to the table below. Read and follow all label directions.
  • Pests may become a problem, especially if Bermuda is not growing healthily (too much or too little fertilizer or water, etc.).
  • For assistance with weed identification and pest control contact your nursery/garden center, landscaper, or State cooperative extension service agent.
Fertilizer (lbs/1000 ft2)
Weed Control (as needed)
Early Spring Wait to Fertilize Until After Green Up Pre-emerge for grassy weeds
Late Spring 7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Early Summer 7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Late Summer 7 lbs 16-4-8 + Iron Post-emerge for broadleaf weeds
Fall 10 lbs. 5-10-30 + Iron Pre-emerge for grassy weeds

Additional Tifway Bermuda Maintenance

Thatch Removal: Periodically it may be necessary to remove accumulated thatch. This is best accomplished just before turf turns green (which is approximately late winter in the coastal plain and spring further north). Scalp or rake heavily and remove debris.

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Topics: Bermuda, Tifway Bermuda, maintenance guide

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