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Old 05-15-2012, 12:57 AM
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Bermuda Lawn Help

Hi, I may not even be welcome here, as I am not a professional landscaper. I just moved into my first house, and am very concerned about my lawn. I live in North East Arkansas, and have a sodded Bermuda lawn. Average temps in summer time are around 95 degrees, with a peak temperature of about 105 degrees. I understand some of the pure basics of lawn care, mowing height, watering frequency and volume, etc... What I have questions about are herbicides and fertilizers and in general, what else should I be doing to my lawn other than proper mowing and watering.

I did hire a lawn service, but after this season, will not be able to continue their service. This is the second summer for the lawn, so I assume it is well established. It actually looks pretty good with the exception of a few weeds. I am having problems with some nutsedge, which I am treating with sedgehammer... but also a few other sporadic weed issues like dandelions and some clover.

My question is what and when should I be applying to my lawn. The guys I have spraying it now do 3 rounds of weed control and 3 rounds of fertilizer but seemed to kind of avoid the question when I asked what they were using. I have a family friend that can get me whatever herbicides I need.

I understand that it may not be polite to come in here asking you how to do what many of you do for a living, but I can assure you that if it were not financially necessary I would keep a lawn service and not try to do it myself... please help.

P.S. I know nothing about spraying so, I would be very appreciative if you could try to "dumb" down your answers when regarding how much to spray per square foot and so on.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:54 AM
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sorry for the self bump, but any responses?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:06 PM
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Google "bermuda bible". For weed control use a hose end product per the label. Bermuda is a forgiving turf with just a little care.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:21 PM
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so do i need a reel mower?
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:23 PM
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Not really. Purists will say otherwise. Reality is few yards are smooth enough for a low reel. A rotary at 2" leaves a nice cut on common Bermuda.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:33 PM
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I have 2 acres of seeded common bermuda that I cut at 2" with a rotary mower. As Patriot said, bermuda is a pretty forgiving grass. If you're going to apply your own chemicals for weed control take the time to read the label so your yard won't look like a missile test site. Bermuda likes to be fed. I fertilize mine each month with 32-3-8.
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