bermuda plugging experiment

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So I bit the bullet and decided to plug celebration bermuda in my home lawn. Figured I would start a thread to keep track and hopefully get some tips and advice on how to help it fill in and look nice. The project was done on 6/98/12

    Prep- lime per soil test and applied starter fertilizer.

    Install - after going over different ways to do this we choose to rent a tiller and til "plant rows." We also went with larger plugs in hopes that after it has rooted that we could take smaller plugs and plant in between. We cut the sod into quarters so each piece is roughly 18" long by 9" wide. Depending on how things settle out I may need to topdress or fill in between the squares.

    You should see 2 pics of before and 2 pics of after the install.

    Care - I plan on fertilizing once a month starting in the next week or 2. I also want to apply some primo to surpress the veritcal growth and push it to spread. How long should I wait before applying the primo?

    Pray for rain to help my irrigation bill!!!

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  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would hold off on the primo right now or use the lowest rates. You might want a root stimulor instead. Superthrive is a good one. You have to give it N but spoon feed it 1/2 # at a time.
     
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    good luck, i think your lawn will be rough for quite some time between sod, due to the dif of height between grades. might consider topdressing to help that. maybe it is just the pic, if the sod is buried down a bit then i am wrong.

    there is benefits to having a warm season, but for the most part i am a huge non fan.
     
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The sod isn't quite level with the existing ground. I have some soil that I'm fillin in low spots. As I water and it gets softer I hope I be able to mash and squish it out some.

    Most likely will need to fill in gaps over time ad work on a late season top dressing.

    Keep the advice coming
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  5. suzook

    suzook LawnSite Member
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    Yea, I think you should have set that sod flush, its gonna be bumpy for a LONG time. Good Luck.
     
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    start filling, and or heavy roll the lawn then aerate the crap out of it
     
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm going to start spreading some topsoil in the low spots. I would like to get it filled in asap so I don't prevent any filling in.

    Right now its a shovel and wheel barrow. I'm thinking once the sod roots that I can really run my lawn mower over them to work them in. If it roots good then I might throw a bunch of compost or peat and then drag something behind my mower.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    you can let the bermuda it fill in first. you can add 1/4 easy and 1/2 is OK on bermuda. You stand less of a chance of having the top dressing move with rain.
     
  9. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Got a buddy who does landscaping to get his guys over to fill in the gaps. We did a soil mix of 1 part sand and 2 parts topsoil.

    Looks good and will give it a nice base to start spreading. I expect to do another topdress before spring to hopefully get it nice and even. Then really want to get a reel mower to have a nice tight cut!

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  10. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Looks dry.
     

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