Bermuda or ?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Heintooga, May 22, 2009.

  1. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    I want to experiment with my lawn. It has a variety of grasses and weeds. My hope (dream) would be to get a seed that I could consistantly overseed with until I eventually have a nice and consistant stand. I'm in E.Tn. at 1000ft. Another hope (fantasy) is to conduct this experiment with no aeration, sprays, etc., just seed and water and a mulching mower. Any suggestions on seed type to try?
     
  2. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    Pick most any grass type and chop out everything else with a hoe. Keep working on this and sowing seed. You'll end up with 1000 sq feet of one type grass without any sprays.
     
  3. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    Thanks. I figured I was looking for something that didn't exist. Maybe a trip across town to the U. of T.'s Ag. campus is in order.
     
  4. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    I opted to over-seed with Common Bermuda. It's working well for only a few months at it. The Bermuda seems to enjoy the nitro that the clover is offering.
     
  5. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Go over to the Lesco on Middlebrook & talk to Jim. He is their Bermuda expert & has been a tremendous help to me.
     
  6. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
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    You want a fescue mix. Bermuda turns brown and goes dormant very early here in East TN. I live just up the road in Kingsport. Overseeding with fescue to thicken up the grass after planting in the fall is OK but it will do that anyway. Just water it and give it a a little fertilize; will produce a pretty turf. Of course you could throw in some bluegrass and you'll have a very beautiful fine blade turf.
     
  7. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sorry....Lesco on Weisgarber @ Middlebrook.

    Didn't see how to edit a post here? Am I missing something?
     
  8. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    I'm just piddlin with my own lawn. The folks at Knoxville Seed on Rutledge Pk. have been helpful and they're giving me great prices on seed. Next time I'm on Middlebrook I'll talk to them. When I get good enough coverage I'll top-dress to smooth it better because I can't mow below 2" without scalping. You can edit posts but there's a time limit although I don't know how long.

    RAlmaroad: Thanks for the suggestion but I can live with dormant Bermuda. I want low-no maintenance and I'm too lazy to plug Zoysia.
     
  9. Heintooga

    Heintooga LawnSite Member
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    Went by and chatted with Jim about Bermuda. I learned enough to keep me busy till spring and I got a bag of 35-3-5 while I was there. Thanks for telling me about him. I may look up Phil too, the guy does the Winona St. fields but they're all hybrid.
     
  10. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm in the process of renovating just under 2 acres with bermuda here. Jim has really helped me quit a bit. Glad you got a chance to talk with him.

    I renovated just a little over an acre 1st of June. I'm cutting every other day.....& not just a 1/4 or 1/2 inch either. I've never in my life seen grass grow as fast as I have here.
     

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