bermuda plugging experiment

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

  1. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I would say you "could" try the primo in a month if the grass has fairly well spread and filled in. Main thing is the water, mowing and light fertilizer right now.

    Primo can actually slow down the fill in process.
     
  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So its been just over 7 weeks since the plugging. Many areas are doing really well. I've got some areas that just aren't spreading very good. The sod squares are green but and i'm cutting top growth off, they just don't send out runners. Everything is getting pretty good water or at least enough so it isn't getting stressed. I'm also keeping it fertilized and mowing twice a week.

    The following pics were taken this morning 7/30/12. Its a little foggy out, and I thought it might be a better pic than in the full sun.

    Our growing season should last at least til the end of August and maybe into mid September. Any recommendations or tips that might encourage spreading in the thin spots? I'm tempted to spray primo about mid August in hopes of thickening up the runners, but am still researching. I may need to overseed with rye to help hold the soil, but would spray it out in spring(i'm not a fan of rye but don't want a dirt lawn for leaves!)

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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think I see moss in some locations. Others I think are not growing in because of sun or less sun.
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    The shorter you mow the better it spreads...
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  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I took a chance and sprayed an application of primo in hopes of giving the lawn a more covered look before going dormant. I sprayed it at 25 oz per acre on 8/5/12. Here are a few pics I took on 8/17/12. You can clearly see that the runners are starting to thicken and produce more leaves.

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  6. cgaengineer

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    That's pretty impressive!
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  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Now is the time to start counting backwards from the first frost. You want your last app of N to be about 6 weeks prior to the last frost. I would make that a full app too. Then look at how many apps you can squeeze inbetween now and then.

    I love me some Primo. It does have an impressive result to the knowing eye.
     
  8. overtona

    overtona LawnSite Member
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    Ok I'm a newbie here. What the heck is primo? Also grass master what level fertilizer are you using.
     
  9. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Primo is a growth regulator...minimizes vertical growth while promoting lateral growth.
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  10. cmvanham

    cmvanham LawnSite Member
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    Just curious, why did you choose plugs over sprigging?
     

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