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Common Bermudagrass

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  • Common bermudagrass can be either a desirable turfgrass species or an aggressive perennial weed. This is particularly true in California's warm, temperate climates, where common bermudagrass is well adapted and can rapidly invade cool-season turfgrass swards of perennial ryegrass and tall fescue.
  • Areas that have been invaded by common bermudagrass tend to have poor color and a patchy, nonuniform appearance, particularly when dormant during the winter months. Current renovation procedures for the removal of common-bermudagrass-infested areas are to fumigate or to treat with glyphosate and replant with competitive, cool-season species (perennial ryegrass or tall fescue). Both methods require the loss of use of the turfgrass area for several weeks or months while the desired cool-season species is reestablished.
  • Common bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon)usually reinvades within a few years, even when management techniques are used to promote the competitiveness of the desired cool-season species (proper mowing height, fertility and irrigation).
  • For control of common bermudagrass recommend spraying with Round-up.* Repeat applications are normally necessary... ALWAYS READ & FOLLOW LABELED DIRECTIONS
  • *Round-up is a non-selective herbicide that will kill most plants  it comes in contact with.*