Removing Bermuda Grass from Your Lawn

Removing common Bermuda grass is a lengthy process. Below we outline the steps involved and answer some of your questions.

OPTION 1: SELECTIVE HERBICIDE

Description – A series of six (6) applications of a selective herbicide to target bermuda grass growing in an established lawn.

When This Approach is Best – This approach works best when the bermuda grass has not totally taken over an area. In other words, the desired fescue lawn is still present, it is just in competition with bermuda.

Pros

  • The least expensive approach.
  • You never have areas completely burned out.
  • You get to enjoy watching the bermuda grass suffer and die all summer.

Cons

  • This is a relatively new technology. This process and the chemicals used are still undergoing testing at universities. Will it give the desired results? We don’t know yet, but it looks promising enough to try.
  • The process takes an entire season and possibly more.
  • The treatment works by bleaching the bermuda grass plant. This means that you will notice areas where the grass is turned white.

Costs – $365 per thousand square feet of treated area.

OPTION 2: BURN OUT AND RE-SEED

Description – A series of two (2) applications of a non-selective herbicide that kills all plants in the target area, followed by aeration and overseeding.

When This Approach is Best – This approach works best when the bermuda grass is growing thick and has choked out the desirable grass. It also requires that the property owner is able to give the newly seeded lawn the proper care.

Pros

  • Reasonably cost effective.
  • The process works well. Keep in mind that bermuda grass is virtually impossible to control completely. It will come back sooner or later. However, killing off the entire area is the best solution we have found.

Cons

  • The process takes time and the lawn will have large ugly patches throughout. We begin late July with the first treatment and follow with a second mid-August. We reseed around mid-to-late September. The new grass will not be up and full until the following spring.
  • Growing a new lawn from seed is inherently risky. The property owner must provide the proper care, and this means consistent and abundant watering. If even one day is missed, the entire lawn can fail.

Costs – $450 per thousand square feet of treated area.

OPTION 3: BURN OUT AND RE-SOD

Description – A series of two (2) applications of a non-selective herbicide that kills all plants in the target area, followed by installing new sod.

When This Approach is Best – This approach works best when the bermuda grass is growing thick and has choked out the desirable grass, and the owner wishes to establish a new lawn as soon as possible.

Pros

  • This is the best approach. It eliminates the risk of reseeding. It is quicker than reseeding.
  • The process works well. Although bermuda grass is impossible to control completely, this approach is the best at knocking it back.
  • Relatively quick and painless. We begin mid August to mid September with the first treatment and follow with a second mid September to mid October. We install the new sod late October to early November. You must provide water as needed, but otherwise you’re done.

Cons

  • This is the most expensive option.
  • The process takes time, although not as long as the burn out and re-seed approach.
  • Sod is not fool-proof. It must be watered after installation. The good news is that we install it at a time of year when water requirements are minimal.

Costs – $825 per thousand square feet of treated area.

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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

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when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!

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Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

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Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

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Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!

JA