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90% weeds 10% bermuda....

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by georgialawn88, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    What do you do if you pick upa yard. 1st of may or anytime in the summer that has 90%weeds and 10% bermuda? The pre emergent time has passed right? where to you even start???? any help is welcome. thanks
  2. gregory

    gregory LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,068

    guess it depends on what the customer wants.. if he wants a nice lush green turf tell him its going to be a long road until you can reach that...

    i'd say spray round up and start over would be the cheapest and best way...
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,887

    In summer just spread the cheapest common Bermuda seed and water. 5 day germination and the weeds will choke out. Then sell them on winter rye overseeding.
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  4. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 763

    Use dimension to maybe get some of the young crabgrass. Celsius at max rate should clean it right up.

    19-19-19 or 18-24-12 to jump start the bermuda.

    Wouldn't hurt to aerate at the same time.
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  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,210

    Kill the weeds, that is 90 percent of the problem. Then feed and water the Bermuda--it should spread to fill in. Locally Bermuda (as a weed) is still dormant. Bermuda grows fast in summer heat if there is a bit of water. Am I wrong--or does it become invaded by weeds in winter when it is dormant?
  6. kbrashears

    kbrashears LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pretty much, Riggle.

    But that's why we have glyphosate at 32oz per acre. Talk about cleaning up a dormant Bermuda yard.

    To the OP, hit it with Celsius. Wait a month, then slit in some seed. We use La Prima for our cheaper customers. Riviera for our high end ones.
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  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not when you time an AR overseed right. People around here want year round green.
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  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,659

    Not to hijack your thread but I have a customer that has fescue taking hold in his bermuda, what are your idea's on this?
  9. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Celsius at med rate will kill fescue.
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  10. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,458

    Don't use any pre's, this will inhibit the spreading of the runners. Your success rate for the bermuda filling in will depend greatly on if they have irrigation or the consistency of rainfall.

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