Organic and Natural Fertilizers for Bermuda Grass
There is much to be said about letting nature take care of nature. A growing number of companies like Ringer offer natural, organic fertilizers for bermuda grass. These fertilizers are available in both liquid and solid form and are typically applied the same way as inorganic fertilizers.
There is not a specific type of fertilizer for bermuda grass. However, bermuda grass does respond well to (and needs) a lot of nitrogen so be sure that first number on your bag or bottle is in the high teens to high twenties. Fertilizer that reads 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 isn't going to be optimal.
What are the advantages of organic bermuda grass fertilizer?
Natural fertilization of your bermuda grass can result in a healthier world below the surface of your lawn. Earthworms and other helpful creatures are free to do their work without the threat of chemical fertilizers. And run off during a rainstorm doesn't dump harmful stuff into the public water system.
However, organic fertilizer is generally more expensive in retail environments than the comparable amount of inorganic fertilizer for bermuda grass and can still be hard to find in some places.
Do I apply natural bermuda grass fertilizer differently from chemical fertilizers?
Yes, a little bit. However, the main difference is in frequency.
First, realize that one source of natural fertilizer that you already have at your fingertips is the bermuda grass clippings themselves. If you are mowing your bermuda grass two or three times a week, you may not want to mulch and leave the clippings behind every time but you should consider mulching as you mow two or three times a month.
Organic fertilizer usually takes longer to green your bermuda grass lawn than chemical fertilizers but they also last longer. If you're following our suggested fertilization schedule for inorganic fertilizers we simply recommend that you apply organic fertilizer less frequently during the bermuda grass growing season: once every six to eight weeks rather than every five or six.
Combined with intermittent mulching, this can save you two to four applications a growing season which helps offset the extra cost of organic bermuda grass fertilizer.
If you haven't tried natural fertilizers and organic techniques on your bermuda grass lawn before, give yourself one growing season to see the results. If you aren't happy with how your bermuda grass responds, simply return to inorganic fertilizers the next season.