Kill Bermuda Grass

How to Kill Bermuda Grass?

Last Updated on May 8, 2022

Cynodon dactylon, Bermuda grass as it is popularly known, is common in hotter regions of the west due to several reasons. It is drought tolerant, resistant to wear and tear, and it loves heat. It is a common lawn grass due to its thickness, lush, and beauty.

It also has a unique character in that its vigor makes it had to kill it, especially if you want to replace it. This grassland spreads by underground stems as well as stolons. It also has aggressive seeds.

It is tough as well as persistent; hence most homeowners and professionals have found it difficult to kill it.  But, I choose a suitable herbicide, you will definitely kill it.

One treatment won’t kill Bermuda, repeatedly spray to get rid of any surviving rhizomes.  You can use glyphosate as well as any herbicide to remove the meadow form your lawn permanently.

Does vinegar kill Bermuda grass?

Vinegar may kill Bermuda, but only if you have patches of this grass in your lawn.  Use natural vinegar and not a chemical-based one.  Vinegar kills it but keeps in mind that it will also kill all the surrounding vegetables.  Fill a garden sprayer with a gallon of white vinegar as well as 1 oz of liquid dish soap.  Be careful so that you do not affect other grasses in your lawn.

Is it possible to kill Bermuda grass?

Did you know that you can kill Bermuda, especially in the ornamental landscapes using herbicides?  Apply the post-emergent herbicide on the growing foliage of this meadow as well as its stems during spring-summer, and it will surely die.  It is possible to kill Bermuda but know that this process can be quite challenging.  As mentioned earlier, its seeds are all over the air; hence they are likely to come back after a year or even six months; thus, you have to be vibrant.

How do I permanently kill Bermuda grass?

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Stripping the grass

According to Owen Dell, a landscape contractor, if you want to get rid of all kinds of lawns such as Bermuda, then this is a perfect method.  He simply strips off the greensward the cover the underneath soil through 3 layers of cardboard. Top the carbon using 5 inches mulch and leave it for about 6 months.

Owen warns that your job does not end there after removing this grass.  The insists that the Bermuda seeds are always on air; hence it might take six months or even a year, and they will come back. It requires vigilance.

Using a fabric barrier

According to Cheryl Wilen, A state management program manager, you should be patient for at least 6 months to kill Bermuda.  After scraping away the grass form your lawn, establish a landscaping fabric then cut holes in the fabric. Make sure that the holes are smaller, particularly where you want to plant.

Cover the cloth using mulch so that the sun does not destroy it. Irrigate with drip to allow water to reach only the planted areas.  Monitor all the cut-out areas to prevent Bermuda intrusion.  Keep weeds away from your yard.

Harness the sun

Cover Bermuda using clear plastic so that the sun can naturally bake it to death. This method is quite effective and saves you time and resources.  It only works if you live in inland and not coast.  It does not work in shaded areas as well.

Stop watering the grass; the grass slowly starts turning brown.  Mow the grass closest to the ground then get rid of all the clippings using a rake.  Irrigate and cover the turf using a heavy, clear plastic and let it be for six weeks.

Digging the Bermuda grass

According to Caren Contreras of the Urban plantations in San Diego, dig out all the Bermuda, especially after the weather cools. This meadow is quite pliable; hence digging it after the rains have fallen is an added advantage.  Dig down to about 6 inches to turn the soil over.  Separate the clumps from the roots by pulling them apart using your hand. This will help in conserving the topsoil.  Throw all the sods as well as the roots of a tarp after this process.  This allows them to dry and later shake off excess soil from them.

Withdraw nutrients

If you have a lawn that mainly depends on irrigation and not the rains for growth,then it is very easy to kill Bermuda.  All you have to do is withdraw water, fertilizer, ignore the weeds, and sooner or later, the grass will turn brown and eventually die. After killing it, keep in mind that its roots go deep in soil hence dig out the brown grass at least 6 inches deep, separate the turf with the soils, and burn everything to do with this grass.

How to kill Bermuda grass in a cool season lawn


In conclusion, if you would like to kill Bermuda grass, you should use the easy method that I discuss above. Those methods are quick and will be effective for killing the grass permanently.

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