Bermuda Lawn...What should I focus on first?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by btwint, May 25, 2013.

  1. btwint

    btwint LawnSite Member
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    So I have a few issues. I have thin grass, weeds and uneven spot everwhere. I just dont know where to start. Should I start with one before the other? I have read a lot about scalping and then leveling with sand, should I do that? I know people say bermuda is strong but I feel if I scalp my lawn I dont have enough for it to grow back. I did not apply any pre-m for weeds so I am behind already and I havent put down any fert. I do have irrigation in the front. Any advice will be great!

    Not to mention my neighbor is on top of things and uses a reel mower. I gotta step my game up!


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  2. tdr6874

    tdr6874 LawnSite Member
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    it is strong...scalp level fertilize...cut it short as often as possible
     
  3. Id have the weeds treated first, scalp, fertilize, then topdress and start cutting with a REEL.
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  4. btwint

    btwint LawnSite Member
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    So what should I use to treat the weeds? Also I see you say fertilize before topdress. What fertilizer should I use and how much sand do I use to make sure I do not choke out the grass.

    Last question. Is a non motorized REEL mower any good or are they junk?
     
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  5. The weeds are not my ballpark...hopefully Greendoc chimes in. Bermuda is a heavy N feeder...i would say between. 25-.5 inches but i would start on the lower end of that you can keep topdress as you go...if lawn is thatchy which im assuming it is by looking at it i would verticut as well.
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  6. Yes, get a gas powered reel you can find them used for great prices...if you are serious about your lawn, then invest in the right stuff. Keeping a picture perfect lawn and landscape is not cheap.
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  7. tdr6874

    tdr6874 LawnSite Member
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    i would work on level first and foremost....it takes the most time and many weeds such as clover and poa will die with heat...i would much rather have a flat level lawn with a few weeds than lumpy lawn thats weed free...taking care of weeds is easy...if its nutsedge sedgehammer is great, for all others msma is great but being fazed out/banned get it quick before it dries up...the stuff is a must for bermuda and only takes a few days to kill darn near everything...i would aerate too if time and money allows prior to leveling with sand or top dressing mix...get a reel and mow as often as possible...i am cutting 4-5 times per week at .5 inches with a 30 inch locke, and we just hit the 90's now and will be there for the next 5 months...cut the lower the better...its a commitment and for where i live bermuda on a home lawn is rare and a reel mower is even more so...my neighbors just shake their heads...water 11 zones 2 times per week fertilize every 3 weeks milgrante iron in addition to fertilizer every other fertilzing
     
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    For the umpteenth time. Weeds in bermuda are a symptom of not cutting low enough with the correct mower, wrong kind/not enough fertilizer and incorrect watering. As for spraying weeds in bermuda, I like to use the selective materials as a broadcast spray. If I am stuck spot spraying, that will be with RoundUp at a rate guaranteed to do the job.
     
  9. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is almost the correct order of doing things. Scalping and sanding when the weeds are not under control is a recipe for disaster. Scalping when the lawn is not adequately fertilized is even worse. Applying weed controls to a starved lawn is playing with fire. How I get it done is to fertilize first. Control weeds. Scalp. Sand level. Then keep it that way by mowing with a reel. What you see in the pictures is what happens when bermuda is not fed enough and mowed with a rotary.
     
  10. antv20

    antv20 LawnSite Member
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    I know this was asked but are manual reel mowers any good?
     

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