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Tn Lawn Man
04-26-2005, 02:15 PM
Ok, this has not happened to me before.

I have a client that has a mostly bermuda lawn with parts of fescue mixed in it.

The funny thing is that he want the lawn to be 100% bermuda. I know this is common in other parts of the country but not here. It is always the other way around.

In fact, I have become somewhat of a specialist in turning a lawn from bermuda to fescue.

My question is: What are your recommendations on getting rid of the fescue and encouraging the bermuda growth?

My plan was just to cut it very short and when the bermuda takes off in the warmer weather fertilize it to encourage its' growth over the fescue.


?????? Thanks

SWD
04-26-2005, 02:47 PM
Are you licensed in the application of pesticides?
If so, a chemical named Revolver will assist in ridding a lawn of fescue.

marko
04-26-2005, 03:27 PM
Some of the fescue will remain and be visable this fall. Check out the revolver or roundup the whole lawn this winter, assuming you are licensed.

65hoss
04-27-2005, 07:58 AM
Ok, this has not happened to me before.

I have a client that has a mostly bermuda lawn with parts of fescue mixed in it.

The funny thing is that he want the lawn to be 100% bermuda. I know this is common in other parts of the country but not here. It is always the other way around.

In fact, I have become somewhat of a specialist in turning a lawn from bermuda to fescue.

My question is: What are your recommendations on getting rid of the fescue and encouraging the bermuda growth?

My plan was just to cut it very short and when the bermuda takes off in the warmer weather fertilize it to encourage its' growth over the fescue.


?????? Thanks
Why is the fescue there? Is there any shade in the area?

Tn Lawn Man
04-28-2005, 12:37 AM
Fescue is everywhere down here and is the preferred grass. The challenge in this part of the country is to get the bermuda out of the fescue, not the other way around.

bicmudpuppy
04-28-2005, 11:46 AM
The bermuda should still be dormant now. Roundup the fescue before the bermuda starts to green up. If your worried about the bermuda, half or quarter rate the roundup and spray multiple days. I haven't done any chem apps for a very long time, but did undergrad research at K-State on selective removal of cool seasons in bermuda and zoysia. We were using post and fusilade for the first trials at low rates and seemed to have good results. I know the research was continued, talk to your suppliers about the appropriate chemicals. I'm betting from the comments already made, that Revolver was one of the developed products.

65hoss
04-28-2005, 12:16 PM
The bermuda should still be dormant now. Roundup the fescue before the bermuda starts to green up. If your worried about the bermuda, half or quarter rate the roundup and spray multiple days. I haven't done any chem apps for a very long time, but did undergrad research at K-State on selective removal of cool seasons in bermuda and zoysia. We were using post and fusilade for the first trials at low rates and seemed to have good results. I know the research was continued, talk to your suppliers about the appropriate chemicals. I'm betting from the comments already made, that Revolver was one of the developed products.

In Kansas it probably is still dormant. In TN, its been coming out of dormancy and greening up for almost 2 months.

65hoss
04-28-2005, 12:17 PM
Fescue is everywhere down here and is the preferred grass. The challenge in this part of the country is to get the bermuda out of the fescue, not the other way around.
So what part of TN are you in?

NickN
04-28-2005, 12:29 PM
If he's in Tennessee,as his signature implies,bermuda is far from dormant right now.My bermuda lawns are already green with new growth and have been for over a month.Do not spray roundup on bermuda right now.

Tn Lawn Man
04-28-2005, 09:11 PM
So what part of TN are you in?

Nashville Area.


I appreciate all of the advice from everyone.

out4now
04-28-2005, 11:45 PM
I do not consider the question to be dumb at all. What would have been is to not ask and then come asking how to fix some damage you did. :p Anyway, yes if it is dormant spray w/ Roundup and everything should be ok.

Jason Rose
04-29-2005, 12:47 AM
bermuda in KS is not dormant now!!!

It has been greening up for a few weeks now.

a friend of mine works on a golfcourse with bermuda fairways. they sprayed round-up on one fairway later than the rest, about the last week of march. the rest are nearly green and the one sprayed later than the rest looks about 60% DEAD!

you can round-up over bermuda, but I wouldn't do it much later than march 1.

MJhnson Lawn
04-29-2005, 11:01 AM
I had this same problem with a client and advised them to use Tru Green or
Scotts, and Chem Lawn and they got good results, and the problem was out of my hands,because I don't have fertilizing license.