Bermuda Lawn Help

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dethnode, May 15, 2012.

  1. dethnode

    dethnode LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  2. dethnode

    dethnode LawnSite Member
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    sorry for the self bump, but any responses?
     
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  4. dethnode

    dethnode LawnSite Member
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    so do i need a reel mower?
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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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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  6. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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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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