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22 Oct, 2010

Anybody have any secrets to getting Bermuda grass to stay green when cut very short?

Posted by: aaa_janitor In: Putting Greens

Mine only greens when it’s long – I want to keep it cut like a putting green, but when I do it’s brown and doesn’t green until it gets long again.

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3 Responses to "Anybody have any secrets to getting Bermuda grass to stay green when cut very short?"

1 | duster360

October 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm


Paint? Gosh I do know the secret to your problem but if I told you, you know I would have to not leave the room. DANG it. Sorry but seriously Bermuda grass may not what you want for a putting green. If you want a putting green surface try astro turf. Good Luck.

2 | Keebler

October 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm


You would have to keep it very wet and that will cause mold to grow so be careful. If you want putting green try Bentgrass it is what greens were made of.

3 | Emmaean

October 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm


Bermudagrass has a brown sheath over the stems, which, when you cut it too short, shows as brown. To get the putting green look all (most) of the time, it must be cut with a reel-type mower (reel not real), kept well-fertilized all season, and usually mowed more than once a week.
If you have a small yard, the human-powered old-timey push mowers that make that cool clicky sound are reel-type mowers. But if your yard is too big for that, a reel-type motorized mower is way more expensive than a normal rotary mower, and may bust your budget.
If you are willing to forgo the manicured putting green look, you can keep your Bermuda looking green all season by cutting it almost to the dirt in April, just before it greens up. Then raise the mowing height just 1/2 inch each month (or every four cuts). By September it will be rather tall (3 1/2 inches) but still green on top, even on the very day that you cut.
Near the end of September just quit cutting. Your lawn should stay green at least another month, without growing much, as the nights stay cool. Then in mid-November, and each month thereafter, cut the grass just one time a month, 1/2 " shorter each month. By March you should be back to 1" and your April cut-down to 1/2 inch should be a cinch! If you wait till April to cut off 3 inches at one time, you will have nappy lawn all winter, and a huge mess cutting it down in April.

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