Overseeding Bermuda Grass
I have been told that it is good to give the Bermuda grass a break from overseeding so it can come back stronger and roots and be more entrenched. That it is recommended not to overseed every 3 years or so. Is this true?
It is suggested that giving bermudagrass turf an "off" year from overseeding is beneficial. The yearly preparations of "scalping" and having ryegrass compete with the bermudagrass turf is stressful. Generally, turf experts advocate for providing bermudagrass 100 days of good growing conditions in the summer. Ideally, overseeding in mid-October and eliminating ryegrass in May/June would give 100 days in the summer. However ryegrasses tend to hang on longer and overseeding is done earlier into September. Therefore, providing bermudagrass a whole season of unimpeded growth from early spring when green up starts in Feb/Mar through the summer until Thankgsiving when the first frosts occur offers the roots a great chance to grow vigorously and get nice and thick for the next year.