Are you seeing brown areas in your lawn this winter? Bermudagrass is a warm-season grass that is dormant (brown) over the winter months. During the summer it can be very invasive, quickly spreading laterally through rhizomes and stolons. It has excellent heat and drought tolerance, but cannot tolerate shade. Since our winters are cool and summers are hot, both cool season grasses (fescue) and warm season grasses (Bermudagrass) can thrive. It is completely normal to have a mixed stand of more than one type of grass.
This grass can be very difficult to control. Areas where bermudagrass is present will have to be sprayed with a nonselective herbicide such as glyphosate. Several applications are recommended in July and August for best results. This will help with the control of the bermudagrass, but the desired turfgrass will have to be re-established with aeration and over-seeding. Depending on the amount of bermuda, a partial of full renovation may be necessary. Please call our office at (804) 285-6200 or in Williamsburg (757) 258-1788 for discuss the best course of action for your lawn.