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When In San Jose, It's Bermuda Grass

by Gabby Hyman, All About Lawns Columnist

In San Jose -- from Alum Rock to Camden and all points between -- the grass of choice for healthy year-round lawns is Bermuda grass. While hybrid varieties are certainly in fashion throughout the Pensinsula and Silicon Valley, you can't beat seeded Bermuda grass for easy maintenance, tolerance to heavy use, and hearty performance in intense summer heat.
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That being said, there are issues particular to Bermuda grass lawns; if you need help with some of these, you may want to contact a San Jose lawn care expert. Bermuda grass has a high tolerance to salty soil and can withstand the occasional Northern California drought, but it simply will not stand for cold snaps or constant shade.

San Jose Bermuda Grass and Maintenance

Sometime between spring and the end of summer, you'll want to apply fertilizer once, using 2 to 4 lbs. of nitrogen fertilizer per square foot of grass. But be careful not to over-fertilize your Bermuda grass. Too much nitrogen in the fall feeding can result in what's called dead spot fungus, which will show up as large circular spots of dead grass when your lawn begins to green in the spring.

You may also encounter the Bermuda grass mite if you apply too much nitrogen fertilizer. The mites are too tiny to spot with the naked eye, but the damage from their toxic saliva is easy to see. Early in the season, your grass begins to brown, and by midsummer, your lawn is dying at a steady rate. Despite traditional recommendations to leave clippings to mulch on the lawn, if you have mites you'll need to mow closely and pick up the trimmings immediately.

Bermuda grass typically makes for a no-brainer lawn -- but don't hesitate to get professional help if you need it.

About the Author
Gabby Hyman has created online strategies and written content for Fortune 500 companies including eToys, GoTo.com, Siebel Systems, Microsoft Encarta, Avaya, and Nissan UK.

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