bermuda plugging experiment

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

  1. Mickhippy

    Mickhippy LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,249

    These are plugs, not a full re-turf. Why aerate the soil thats been put down to fill low spots? These plugs are brand new so no need to aerate those either.
    I just cannot see a need for aeration at all!

    Fert and water is all thats needed and mow when the plugs are like 2" or so. Dont even worry about reel mowing until theres a full covering of lawn and re top dressed a few times.
     
  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,535

    So based on comments from you guys and my local university turf professors I am going to stay away from the primo until the lawn fills in.

    They say mowing, fert, and water are the most important. They recommended .75-1 pounds N per 1000 every 7-10 days. I'm going to give this fert program a shot and see how the growth is. I may need to decrease the frequency of fertilization or decrease the amount of N depending on if I can keep up the the growth and keep the clippings down.
     
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    .75 to 1# N every 7 to 10 days? :dizzy:

    I would go lighter myself.
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,054

    No more than 1 Lb of N per month broken up into 2-4 applications. Feeding 1 lb per week every week and we wonder why the lawn haters are itching to ban fertilizers.
     
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    No kidding, and I would rather 1 Lb every 6 weeks at the high end.
     
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,535

    Here is a pic... after 25 days. Everything has rooted nicely and I'm keeping the fertilizer and water to it. Edges are getting very rough and runners are shooting out. This is an average square with some runners being a lot further along.

    sodsquareat25days.JPG
     
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    You can sever the runners from parent plant one they have rooted for quicker spread.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  8. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,535

    So now that everything has rooted nice and begun to spread I am thinking about taking smaller plugs and filling inbetween the plugs. Figured that might help the lawn to fill in without damaging what is already there.

    I have a special plugger tool that I bought and from the picture you can see that the plug is about 2-2.5 inches. I can pull it at a depth of 2, 4 or 6 inches and it holds a nice core.

    The pic shows a plug I pulled from the exsisting planted plugs(similar to the one 2 post up). It doesn't have a lot of top growth but has the roots from the sod. Is this worth doing? The pic is from yesterday(so about 24 hrs old) and got watered this morning. I did it as a test to see, but i don't want to go pull and plant a bunch if it isn't going to work.

    sampleplugwithplugger.JPG
     
  9. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    You can even sprig bermuda.
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    Did it at my house on the right side and the 10'x30' spot is almost filled in.

    That's why I mentioned severing the runners from parent.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     

Share This Page