There is an enemy among us, and it is called Bermuda Grass.
One day, while mowing my lush, deep green lawn, I noticed a small patch of ‘fuzzy’ grass. I thought “no big deal, it’s just grass, right?”. Wrong. It was Bermuda Grass.
3 months later, the small fuzzy patch has become a big fuzzy patch, and the battle to eliminate the invader has begun.
Bermuda Grass is a rhizome, meaning it actually grows laterally, beneath the soil.Â It’s roots are hair-like strands which can extend up to 2 feet below the surface. The Bermuda spreads laterally along the surface, propagating a mesh of woody roots on top of healthy turfgrasses (like my precious) tall fescue.
Bermuda can’t be removed by hand. Believe me I tried – an hour of pulling might kill a square foot. Kinda futile when you have 1000 square feet of grass. Herbicidal options are few – most internet searches yield only the dreaded ‘nuclear option’ – kill the whole lawn – Bermuda and all – with RoundUP and start over.
After much searching, I located a product called Ornamec, supposedly the only product that can kill Bermuda. Extremely expensive and only available via landscaping product wholesalers, I have placed my hope and faith in this nasty juice. Let’s hope it works!