Celebration is a deep blue-green bermudagrass that has finished best in numerous university research studies for wear tolerance and recovery, drought resistance and tolerance and bermudagrass shade tolerance. Found in professional and college sports venues, golf courses and home lawns, Celebration performs well across a variety of applications. Celebration is currently being used throughout the southern United States and around the world.
Golf, Commercial, Sports/Parks, Home
Blade-width: 1.7 mm
Soils: Sandy, Clay
Injury Recovery: Excellent
Color: Dark Blue-Green
Fall Color Retention: Very Good
Spring Green Up: Very Good
Mower: Standard Rotary, Reel
Weed Control: Very Good
Insect Resistance: Very Good
Disease Resistance: Very Good
Shade: Very Good
Bermuda sod is ideal if you have a sunny yard and want a quick new lawn. This grass is well-known for durability and fast growth; however, like all sod, new Bermuda needs a little extra care until it is established. Preferably you (or the hired landscapers) fertilized the soil before laying the new sod. Fertilizing is one thing you should not worry about with your new sod (in fact, it's easy to burn new grass with too much fertilizer)--however, watering is absolutely essential.
Use a sprinkler to water new Bermuda sod as soon as you've planted it in your yard. Like most plants, this grass needs to be kept moist until it has taken a firm hold to the soil. Give it a good, deep watering so water goes down beneath the sod to the soil below.
Water after planting at least every day to 2 days, as recommended by pikenursery.com. Do this until the grass has developed good roots in the soil beneath the sod and then give it at least 1 to 2 inches of water per week. You may need to water more or less, depending on the weather--if grass starts looking brown and wilted, water more frequently.
Mow your new Bermuda sod when it reaches a height of about 2 to 2 1/2 inches, as suggested by Bermudagrasslawns.com. Cut only 1/4 inch off each time you mow (the entire season), for best results.
Bermuda grass is commonly thought to be the most challenging family of grasses to mow. This is actually because in many cases, the incorrect lawn mower is being utilized.
Optimally, Bermuda grass should be reduced to a height of only one to one-and-a-half inches. The vast majority of lawn mowers simply are not able to mow so low to the ground without butchering the whole lawn. This sort of scalping is the result of a wheel in the lawn mower rotary dropping down into a small rut, which forces the blade to dip down, scalping the grass in the process.
Should a homeowner’s Bermuda grass become scalped, a half moon shape shows up in the place where the grass was injured by the blade. Not only is this ugly to look at, but it is very hard on the health and well-being of the lawn.
Preventing a Bermuda grass lawn from becoming scalped is really only accomplished effectively in utilizing a reel mower. Otherwise, with a traditional lawn mower to work with, the level of the cutting blade will likely need to be raised. While this will prevent the lawn from being scalped, it will not allow the owner to achieve that wonderful looking, even, low to the ground cut typically enjoyed on golf courses.
It is true that Reel mowers might cost more money than traditional mowers might, but they will offer a far more even cut to the lawn, which is closer to the ground, and on top of this, they never, ever scalp the person’s grass.
Ultimately, early in the grass-growing season, you should focus on achieving a cutting height of only one inch. Once the summer begins to finish, raise the blade height on up to two inches.
In order not to stress-out Bermuda grass, do not ever take off more than a third of the total height of the blades of grass, or the lawn will become stressed.
Fall is the point of the year to allow a Bermuda grass lawn to be dormant, mowing it only on rare occasions.
Finally, a word should be offered about whether or not to bag Bermuda grass while mowing. Studies have demonstrated that in allowing the clippings from the grass to stay on the lawn, lost nitrogen will return to the soil, eliminating the need for fertilizing the lawn. The clippings should naturally decompose and not increase the odds of thatching problems or disease arising.
Properly Watering Bermuda Grass Lawns
All lawns need water in order to remain green and healthy. This can come from two different sources, either natural rain fall or man-made irrigation.
Everyone prefers to allow nature to take its course and water the lawn, but this cannot be counted on. So watering a Bermuda lawn will become a necessity. Ascertaining whether or not a Bermuda grass lawn is in need of water is possible, if you know what to look for.
When a yard with Bermuda grass is thirsty, its blades will actually bow down a little. Because Bermuda grass proves to be among the most drought resistant kinds of grass, it only really needs to be watered once to twice per week.
The advantage to only watering a Bermuda lawn one time every week is in forcing the roots of the grass to dig down farther towards the available water, once its own supply becomes exhausted towards the end of the week. As the roots go down deeper, the lawn will stay both healthier and greener in the next area drought. So long as you put down a good amount of water on that one day every week, it will be sufficient for the grass.
Typically, the proper watering depth is approximately a good six inches. This will promote that deeper root growth necessary to protect a lawn from the cold, heat, and future droughts.
To test the level of watering just completed, simply push a screw driver into the ground. If it sinks down without difficulty a good six inches into the ground, then the watering is enough. If not, apply more water to ensure that the Bermuda grass has been sufficiently saturated.