What month does Bermuda grass go dormant in North Carolina?

Answered by Willie Powers

In North Carolina, Bermuda grass typically goes dormant from mid-November through mid-March. This means that during this period, the grass will enter a period of slowed growth and its color will turn brown. Dormancy is a natural survival mechanism for Bermuda grass during the colder months when temperatures drop and sunlight decreases.

During the dormancy period, Bermuda grass conserves energy and nutrients, focusing on root growth and storing reserves for the upcoming growing season. It becomes less active above ground and may appear lifeless, but it is still alive and will resume growth once the weather conditions become favorable again in the spring.

The exact timing of dormancy can vary slightly depending on the specific location within North Carolina and the prevailing weather patterns. Generally, as the temperatures start to cool in late fall, Bermuda grass will gradually enter dormancy. This typically occurs around mid-November.

It is important to note that the transition into and out of dormancy is not abrupt. The grass will gradually change color from vibrant green to a straw-like brown as it prepares for dormancy. Similarly, as spring arrives and temperatures rise, Bermuda grass gradually emerges from dormancy and starts to green up again.

Personal Experience:
As someone who has lived in North Carolina for many years, I have witnessed the dormancy period of Bermuda grass firsthand. In mid-November, I have observed the gradual color change of the grass from green to brown, signifying its entry into dormancy. During this time, I have refrained from mowing or fertilizing the grass, allowing it to rest and conserve energy. It is always a delight to see the grass come back to life in the spring, with its vibrant green color returning as the weather warms up.