How To Mow Bermuda Grass
Once you've selected your lawn mower and made sure your blade is sharp, there are really four aspects to the mowing process itself that you need to know.
What is the proper bermuda grass mowing height?
It depends on the look you are going for. If you are willing to invest the time and care for a golf-course quality bermuda grass lawn we recommend a height of 1/4 to 1/2 inches. This will require that you mow your grass two or three times a week during peak growing season.
If your expectations are for a lush but manageable lawn, set your height for 3/4 to 1.5 inches. This will allow you to mow less frequently, once or twice per week.
Longer lengths are possible but bermuda grass tends to thin the longer it gets. Additionally, only the tips of bermuda grass are green so if you take too much length off the grass at one time you can be left with a lawn that shows a lot of the sandy-brown stalk - not ideal for mid-summer.
How often should I mow bermuda grass?
Well, we dropped a few hints while describing the length above. It comes down to the time you have each week and how thick you want the lawn. You see, when bermuda grass is mowed frequently the leafy part begins to grow outward rather than upward, kind of like training the hair on your head to part a certain way.
So if you can mow your bermuda grass two or three times a week during the growing season then all the better for you! But at a minimum, it should be cut once a week.
What pattern or direction should I cut my bermuda grass?
All grass benefits from being mowed in different directions. Safety should come first, of course, but unless you are mowing a steep grade your bermuda grass will look better if you change the direction you mow every few cycles.
For example, if you mow your grass east / west for two weeks, alternate a north / south direction for the following two weeks. Some grasses are more susceptible to pattern marks and bermuda grass will begin to show path or tire wear after an entire summer of the same back-and-forth.
For a classy touch every now and then, create a checker board pattern on your bermuda grass lawn by mowing the same area twice in one session in two directions that are exactly perpendicular to each other.
Should I bag or mulch my bermuda grass?
Bermuda grass isn't as vulnerable to thatch build up as some believe and can actually benefit from at least occasional mulching. Of course, your lawn will look much cleaner if you bag during each mowing. However, our recommendation is that you alternate by bagging one time and mulching the next.
Mulching can save you time and reduce your need for chemical fertilizers. Work it into your bermuda grass mowing schedule if you haven't already.