bermuda plugging experiment

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

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Taken right after completion. It had been sunny and windy. Sod been down a week and started rooting. Irrigation cut back on now.
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  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So it's been 2 week since installation. Any advice or next steps? Everything has rooted nicely and I'm keeping it watered despite getting no rain.

    Just a waiting game now. Did starter Fert at installation and want to wait 2 more weeks before hitting it again. Will spray some primo at that time also.
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  3. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dunno what else I can say particularly without pictures.

    Lately, I have been using some superthrive with my Primo for the double benefit of rooting. Some states have it listed as an un-registered Rooting Hormone.
     
  5. GALAWN

    GALAWN LawnSite Member
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    Looks like a pretty fun project. If it were my lawn I'd be aerating it every other day and watering it every single day. Good news is that if there's a fungus you can localize it pretty easily to a few inches.
     
  6. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Why aerate every other day? That doesnt make sense to me but please, tell me why....
     
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think it's going to do well grassmaster...look forward to more pictures later in the season.
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  8. GALAWN

    GALAWN LawnSite Member
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    Aerating breaks it down the same way working out breaks down muscles. Once they are broken, they grow back stronger. You want to give the sod a workout. Yeah every other day may be a bit much but with high temps and plenty of water, it's growing pretty quickly. I'd def cut every day though.
     
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you would end up destroying the sod, having it tangle in the aerator tines and ruin the lawn. I wouldn't aerate a lawn more than about 4 times in one season...

    And if cutting with a rotary I doubt you could cut every day..everyday cutting is required on Bermuda in the .5" or lower height. I cut mine Saturday and again yesterday...not even 24 full hours.
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  10. GALAWN

    GALAWN LawnSite Member
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    I agree that a rotary would not be the way to go but for this kinda project I'd guess he'd go reel. When I laid sod on my own property I aerated it twice a week for the entire growing season. Bermuda is a beast, it can take it. Obviously I could not turn on the sod and until it was established which took a few weeks I kept pulling the pieces up but aeration is where it's at. I offer a discount to my customers that get more than one aeration with our program per year and currently about half are on that plan. I look at this situation and see also that if you punch holes all around, when it rains it's gonna be thousands of little cups of water the roots are going to head in the direction of.
     

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