Bermuda Lawn In Warm Weather – When To Apply Milorganite

Q: I have a bermuda lawn. Considering how warm it has been this year can I apply Milorganite to my lawn now?

A: Bermuda grass might possibly be coming out of dormancy now but it really can’t absorb nutrients until soil temperatures are higher. Typically the way to know when to apply fertilizer is when the bermudagrass is at least 80 or 90% green. I like your intention to use Milorganite. Last fall’s drought kept bermudagrass from storing the nutrients it needs to emerge vigorously in spring. A slow-release fertilizer is less likely to push the grass to grow too rapidly and exhaust itself.

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