Controlling Bermuda Grass In My Virginia Lawn

What is this vine-like, spreading grass in my lawn?

Common Bermuda Grass, also known as wiregrass, is a warm-season perennial turfgrass. It spreads laterally through stems called rhizomes and stolons. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance, but cannot tolerate shade. It can be a very invasive and difficult grass to control.

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How did Bermuda Grass get in my lawn?

Bermudagrass is very common in our climate. In fact, most lawns have it to some extent in full-sun areas. Central Virginia is known as the transition zone, meaning our climate has extreme fluctuations between seasons. Therefore it is very normal to have a mixed stand of turf.

How do I get rid of it?

There is no permanent solution for Bermuda Grass. However, Virginia Green Lawn Care does offer two options for dealing with this invasive grass:

  • Renovation

      • Required when there are large areas/patches of solid bermuda
      • Consists of multiple applications of a nonselective herbicide
          • Kills all of the turf in the area it’s applied
          • Sprayed in August when bermuda is actively growing
      • Will not completely eradicate bermudagrass
          • It will likely return over the next few seasons
      • Will need to aerate and seed to re-establish fescue
          • Consists of double core aeration in addition to slit-seeding
              • Provides better seedling coverage to the bare areas
  • Suppression

      • Lawn has scattered bermuda within a solid stand of fescue
      • Will NOT eliminate bermudagrass
          • Only suppresses the population currently in the lawn
      • Aeration and seeding is necessary
          • Builds more fescue into the lawn
      • Needs to be ongoing from year to year to continue to suppress the bermudagrass
      • Consists of 4 applications over the summer months

Can Virginia Green Lawn Care help control the Bermuda Grass in my lawn?

Although this is a very invasive, difficult grass to control, we do offer some options. There is no permanent solution, and it is always a constant battle to keep bermudagrass at bay. For treatment options, consider one of our lawn care programs, or call our office for more information.