Getting Rid of Bermuda Seed Heads

Getting rid of Bermuda seed heads is important in order to keep a neat, tidy and uniform lawn throughout the summer. Seed heads are actually the blooms of Bermuda grass. If the grass is allowed to “go to seed” by not being cut, it will naturally produce seed heads. In lawns that are being actively cared for, Bermuda seed heads are a sign of stress.

Causes of Stress in Bermuda Grass
There are several causes of stress in Bermuda grass and each one will produce seed heads or blooms. The first is a lack of water. When the plant is experiencing drought, it will naturally produce seeds as a survival technique. In fact, when growing Bermuda grass for the production of seeds, growers typically stress the grass by withholding water so that the grass puts its energy into growing more seeds. Oddly enough, watering Bermuda grass too much, causing excessive growth, will also lead to the grass blooming.
Compacted soil will stress Bermuda grass and cause seed heads because it’s not getting the air and water it needs. If your lawn hasn’t been aerated in at least 5 years, it’s probably time to do it.
While all these conditions will cause blooming, the most common cause of seed heads is a lack of Nitrogen in the soil.

Reducing and Preventing Bermuda Seed Heads
What is the best way to get rid of Bermuda seed head? As with most other lawn problems, proper care and maintenance of your Bermuda turf will remove active blooms and prevent them in the future.

Since a lack of nitrogen is the most common cause of Bermuda seed heads, start by applying a fertilizer formulated for use on Bermuda grass. Follow package instructions carefully. Apply the appropriate amount in 2 applications, one going side to side on the lawn and the second going at a 90-degree angle to the direction of the first application. Choose a fast-release Nitrogen fertilizer for quick, effective results. You may have to allow the grass to grow to a safe height for mowing before cutting away the seed heads.

Mow Bermuda grass at least once a week during the growing season, even if you’re just giving it a trim. You might also consider mowing the grass to a lower height. It is acceptable to mow Bermuda grass to as low as ¾”.

Caring for Bermuda Grass
See our article entitled Caring For Your Bermuda Grass for additional tips on watering, fertilizing and maintenance of your turf. By following the guidelines offered there, you’ll produce the healthiest lawn possible – one that is far more impervious to seed heads forming, disease and other problems. Instead of problems, you’ll enjoy a rich, verdant lawn that rewards your lawn care efforts with beauty and health all season long.


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