How to Kill Bermuda Grass? (4 Easy Ways To Do It)

Bermuda grass is everyone’s worst nightmare especially when you have dedicated your best effort to your lawn. It grows in unwanted places and beds aggressively.

Excuse me, sir, this is an invasion of privacy for you to show up. However, Bermuda grass can be tricky to recognize and your focus should be to identify them first and then act accordingly. 

It’s very surprising how fast the Bermuda grass grows and takes over the lawn, actually, it’s more annoying than surprising. Some gardeners actually recommend it, especially for tropical and subtropical countries.

Getting rid of them can give you a headache and when you spot that headache, it starts to kill your flowers and vegetables without realizing it. Bermuda grass with zero respect laughing out loud to your nutrients. How disrespectful is this?

Thankfully, there are methods to remove them thoroughly and take action so that the lawn can be free of Bermuda. Let’s go over the approaches and methods to get rid of them.

A little bit about Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass adores the regions that get direct sunlight and well drainage. It is unexpectedly tolerant against humidity, boiling heat temperatures, drought, and salt. The fact that nothing is indestructible, there are ways to put them in their place. 

I assume you want to replace it and since it’s tough and persistent to go, homeowners and even professionals ask for help to kill them.

There are different types of Bermuda grass, they sometimes may be useful and other times may be wasted. I said so because they are a super invasive weed in fescue and zoysia lawns, but their thickness can be helpful to achieving a lush green lawn. 

How to Kill Bermuda Grass?

As I mentioned above, Bermuda grass is a tough cookie and persistent, adding grass killers such as herbicide, solarizing, and choking the grass weeds. Acting earlier is really helpful, since it is controllable, spotting and treating for a little bit every day can prevent rapid growth. 

Now, let’s get rid of the unnecessary Bermuda grass

1. Herbicide Grass Killer

Herbicide is the toxic substance that destroy anything undesired.

According to me and many professionals, using herbicides like glyphosate is the best and fastest way to kill existing lawns and weeds. 

The combination would be if you contain herbicides 2,4-D, Dicamba, and Quinclorac altogether. 

2. Solarization

Solarization is a phenomenon that refers to soil disinfestation formed from the solar heat by mulching the soil with polyethylene throughout the summer days for better control of pests.

How to Solarize Bermudagrass During Summer Days

  • Prepare the Bermudagrass by cutting it just above the ground. This reduces the growth you work on.
  • Spread a clear plastic tarpaulin over the overly grown Bermudagrass patch.
  • Secure the loose edges of the clear plastic sheet every few feet with a metal rod or rocks to properly secure the clear plastic sheet.
  • Leave the plastic sheet for about a month or maybe more. This gives sufficient time for the sun’s UV rays to fully fry and get rid of the invading Bermudagrass.

The plastic works as a magnifier to UV rays and burns the Bermuda grass completely. Plus, placing rocks and sheets will be secure if mother nature decides to change the mulch place by using the superpower wind.

3. Suffocate the Bermuda Grass Weeds 

Suffocation in short means mulching. This is a really great and inexpensive way of killing Bermuda grass.

  • Get a garden fabric sheet and cover that specific area.
  • Cut holes with a knife in sheets.
  • Sparkle one layer of mulch, and sand over the garden fabric to keep the weight.
  • Observe the border of cuttings to make sure that Bermuda grass has fully extended or expanded.

If you’re a newbie in this gardening stuff, asking for help from professionals would be the best choice because the chances of failure are potentially higher.

4. Cultivation

You better use cultivation during hot days when Bermuda grass is super sensitive against the heat. Plow out the entire soil without a second thought for about 6 inches deep.

Cultivation makes the roots under the ground on the surface and waiting a couple of days or two weeks will make the Bermuda grass dry out completely.

If one time of cultivation isn’t enough, repeat the process until the Bermuda grass rhizomes and stolons are destroyed.

When is the Best Time to Kill Bermuda Grass?

The ideal time to get rid of Bermuda grass is Spring. By applying the methods and approaches that I mentioned above, with less effort you can get rid of them permanently.

The University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources stated that In the early Spring is the best time to apply herbicide. When the grass is grown for about 6 inches you can freely reapply the herbicide before it starts to grow again.

Also, the same research stated that controlling Bermuda grass seeds is still a pain because if you spot a presence of this grass in the soil, the only treatment is solarization.

Can You Use Vinegar to Kill Bermuda Grass?

Yes, the rumors are true, you can try to kill the Bermuda grass weeds a matter of course. Adding 10% of vinegar solution will not only kill the grass weeds as well as other bacteria and insects that are gathered around.

A Brief Recap

Even though Bermuda grass is most gardeners’ favorite type of law, there are benefits and drawbacks. It kind of hardens the killing because is highly tolerant to humidity, heat temperatures, drought, and salt. However, there is an end to every breathing thing and Bermuda grass is no different.

There are many ways to get rid of the Bermuda grass permanently and one of these includes solarization, cultivation, suffocating the weeds and the most common way is to add herbicide. 

Try to get rid of Bermuda grass early in spring since they are not developed enough.

Further Reading

I’m going to have to stop you right there since I’m not done yet, it wouldn’t take long to check out other articles. Read about how many dahlias you can get from a single plant and how many gourds you can expect per plant.

Find out whether spider plants can live outside or during summer and winter times, will poinsettias suffer outside

Ella Holmes

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