Bermuda or fescue

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by TriageLawn, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. TriageLawn

    TriageLawn LawnSite Member
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    I got a question about how I should tackle this problem. I have customers in a subdivision that need and want green yards. Not a problem, but when I carefully surveyed the lawns - I found a serious dillema.

    The houses are built very close together and the sides of the house are getting very little sunlight. The grass is bermuda. The bermuda that was planted is now dirt and I don't know whether I should use a DENSE SHADE FESCUE seed or sod. What would you do?

    -Bermuda Grass
    - Georgia
    -Front and back yards plenty of sun
    -sides of the yards very little to NONE

    This is what I am facing. Can someone help me?
     
  2. Casey'sLM

    Casey'sLM LawnSite Member
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    I would use Bermuda in the back and Fescue on the sides. I know that you are not suppose to 'mix grasses' but if you put down bermuda on the sides again, your going to have the same problem and the customer is not going to be happy. As far as seed or sod, I would go with sod.

    -Casey
     
  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    A good photo will help first. As for the Bermuda......it doesn't matter if you resod or seed, neither will benefit from light deficient placement. Shade variety grass will be better as long as their is enough irrigation throughout the summer months to keep it green. Otherwise, you will keep a bare area that isn't appealing.
     
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    "Dense shade fescue"? If you mean fine fescue or red fescue, it will not stand the heat in Atlanta. A top-quality tall fescue is good, my thoughts. However, if its less than 4 hours of sun per day--you need a shade-tolerant ground cover, (suitable for Atlanta conditions of course. ) Ivy is good --except--that it climbs houses, especially brick.
     
  5. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,652

    What is the distance between the two homes? If it is relatively small, work up a plan with the customer and each of the neighbors to do a really good looking landscape bed area in between that requires little light and has slow growth. Make sure to leave room for your equipment to fit through. Done right, and at the right price, you could have a lot of potential clients in one area. You have identified a problem, and if you create a workable solution, you will have a good amount of work lined up.
     
  6. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    Fine fescue will work, it's got to stay irrigated. Fescue sod might work, reseeding every fall may or may not . Problem will be keeping the bermuda from crawling into the fescue. I would talk them into a ground cover like mondo, pachysandra, Hosta, black mondo, etc.

    NEVER,EVER, EVER, EVER plant ivy.
     
  7. JERELG

    JERELG LawnSite Member
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    How about installing Emerald Zoysia sod . I think and have read that Zoysia is good in shaded areas.
     
  8. wrager

    wrager LawnSite Member
    from ATL
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  9. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    Zoysia requires a minimum of 5 hours of direct sunlight to do well. Only good when compared to Bermuda that needs at least 6.
     
  10. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    My question about the Turffalo gras is that if it is the end all be all it claims, why is it only available in plugs. And the shadow turf that is related to zoysia will grow with only 2 hours of sunlight /day?? Let us know what happens.
     

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