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Treat your Bermuda grass lawn in six easy steps. Note: Conduct a soil test on the lawn before attempting this 6-step plan. 

6-Step Lawn Care

Step #1

JANUARY: Apply pre-emergent for early weed control. Pre-M must be applied before soil temperature reaches 50°F.

Step #2

MARCH: Apply pre-emergent and fertilizer – weed and lawn care products.

Step #3

MAY: Apply fertilizer with high nitrogen content (iron optional).

Step #4

JUNE: Apply fertilizer with high nitrogen content (iron optional)

Step #5

AUGUST: Apply fertilizer with high nitrogen content (iron optional).

Step #6

SEPTEMBER: Apply fertilizer in the fall with lower nitrogen and higher potassium content.


  • Use 3-4 lbs of nitrogen per 100 sq ft.
  • Spot-treat grass and broadleaf weeds with broad-spectrum herbicide products labeled for use on Bermuda lawns.
  • Use of an iron supplement will result in a deeper green appearance (Note: Use caution since iron will discolor sidewalks and driveways. Clean up any residual off of any hardscapes.)
  • Water lawn long and less frequently to promote deep roots.
  • Don’t bag grass clippings.
  • Never cut more than one-third of the total height of the grass at one time.

Additional Alabama Extension Resources

ANR-0092: Selecting Turfgrasses for Home Lawns http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0092/ANR-0092.pdf
ANR-0029: Bermudagrass Lawns http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0029/ANR-0029.pdf
ANR-0231: Tall Fescue Lawns http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/A/ANR-0231/ANR-0231.pdf
IPM-0590: Homeowner Lawns: Chemical Weed Control Recommendations for 2014 http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/I/IPM-0590/IPM-0590.pdf

Download pdf file publication: UNP-2089 – Urban Green Tips: 6-Step Lawn Care

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