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Best Weed Killer for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a favorite turf of homeowners and golf course professionals alike. Known for its beautiful green hue and its easiness to grow, Bermuda grass has become a popular grass in the Southern region of the United States. The grass enjoys plenty of sunlight, heat and is resilient to traffic and drought. But it is not immune to pesky weeds. Choosing the correct weed killer to prevent weeds from growing and killing existing weeds is the first step in making your lawn look like a golf course! Below we will look at several options to choose from for year-round Bermuda grass maintenance.

Best Pre-Emergent Weed Killer for Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass grows very little in the winter. A pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to Bermuda grass in the colder months of the year. Pre-emergent herbicides block weeds from germinating in the lawn; preventing it from ever being a problem. Stopping weeds from growing during the winter will make summer lawn maintenance easier later in the year.

Never apply a weed and feed product to Bermuda grass in the winter months. Applying a weed killer with fertilizer to Bermuda grass while it is cold can lead to shock, damage, or even death from cold weather damage.

It is recommended to only apply a pure pre-emergent product while the turf is in dormancy.

Best Granular Pre-Emergent Weed Killer for Bermuda Grass

Andersons 0.48 Barricade Herbicide is designed to keep more than 35 of the most common broadleaf weeds from growing in Bermuda grass. To stop weeds in their tracks, Barricade should be applied once late in the fall and again March or April. Preventing weeds from taking root in the winter and during spring green up is what this product is designed to do. Barricade has a life expectancy of 60-90 days and will need to be applied with a spreader. Prodiamine is the main active ingredient in Barricade pre-emergent. It is considered one of the best selective herbicides for Bermuda grass. Always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions when applying an herbicide.

Best Liquid Pre-Emergent Weed Killer for Bermuda Grass

Prodiamine 65 WDG is a liquid pre-emergent herbicide that stops 50+ different broadleaf weeds from growing in Bermuda grass. The herbicide is known for its ability to prevent crabgrass. Prodiamine is safe to use on Bermuda grass and is the choice of many golf course professionals. Depending on the size of the lawn, a backpack or ATV mounted spraying rig may be needed to cover the property. Gloves and masks are also required when applying any type of liquid herbicide.

Best Post-emergent Weed Killer for Bermuda Grass

After the pre-emergent herbicide has worked off, weeds will begin to grow in Bermuda grass. Once you start to see weeds in the lawn, it is time to apply a post-emergent herbicide. Post-emergent herbicides will not prevent weeds from growing but will kill any weeds that they come into contact with.

It is important to select a post-emergent weed killer that is safe for Bermuda grass, as the wrong type of poison may kill the turf. We will look at two of the best options for Bermuda grass safe weed killers.

Best Granular Post-Emergent Herbicide for Bermuda Grass

Hi-Yield Weed and Feed 15-0-10 is formulated to feed Bermuda grass and to kill pesky weeds at the same time! The combination of Nitrogen and Potassium is a perfect mix for feeding Bermuda grass in the heavy growing season. It has added a blend of 2, 4-D, Dicamba, and MCPP Salt to the product to provide superior weed killing power. This blend of herbicides is known as Trimec. You can apply Hi-Yield two or three times in the heavy growth season. It is important to wet the lawn before an application and adequately water after application. Moistening before applying helps the herbicide kill any existing broadleaf weeds. Watering after the product is applied will activate the fertilizer and allow it to contact the ground, where it is most beneficial.

Best Liquid Post-Emergent Herbicide for Bermuda Grass

Ferti-lome Weed Free Zone is a proprietary blend of five different herbicides. The most well-known ingredients are 2,4-D, Dicamba, and Mecoprop. The blend kills almost 75 of the most common summer broadleaf weeds. Also, it leaves Bermuda grass untouched.

Ferti-lome Weed Free Zone is a post-emergent herbicide and must be sprayed onto the leaves of unsightly weeds to kill them. Once absorbed, the selective properties of Weed Free Zone will keep the plant from converting sunshine into energy, killing it. You can apply the herbicide multiple times during a growing season. But applications should not be any closer than six weeks apart.

Always wear protective clothing, including gloves and a mask, when applying a liquid herbicide.  Also, adhere to the manufacturer’s safety and application instructions.

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