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Bermuda sod

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jay Ray, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Have some small patches to make on a Bermuda lawn. None of the nurseries here stock Bermuda sod, so have to order a 1 pallet minimum or get none. Everybody stocks St. Aug and centipede.

    I would guess that Bermuda doesn't stay alive on the pallet as well as other warm season grasses. Somebody please educate me as to the actual reason.
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Um, bermuda does stay alive on the pallet. But what about buying bermuda seed? Can you just buy a bag of seed?
  3. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Heat index was 104 at eight this morning, but I will give the customer the option of having it seeded, or cutting plugs from the existing lawn around the bad spots and placing them in new topsoil.
  4. iluvbermuda

    iluvbermuda LawnSite Member
    from S/E TN
    Posts: 108

    I wouldn't know why none of the nurseries in your area don't stock Bermuda, especially this time of year. As far as staying alive on the pallet--Bermuda is tops as far as I have seen. Now none of it should be left on the pallet no matter the kind. But, if you have to leave a kind on the pallet--Bermuda would bounce back better than any. Here, I pay about $85 for a pallet covering 504 sq. ft. This is Tifway 419 Bermuda.
  5. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Thanks jwingfield and iluvbermuda. Good thing Regis wasn't asking me the question for a million, or even 500.
  6. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,732

    where in MS is that? any larger towns nearby that would have a nursery selling sod by individual pieces?
  7. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    In the summer for about a day. Then you will start to lose it. And no you cannot buy seed for the best kinds of bermuda. They are hybrids. The seed is sterile.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    I would think this would be the time of year to aerate bermuda. You can plug it.
  9. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Thanks everybody. This is coastal Mississippi, Mike. They don't stock Bermuda because it is unpopular, sells slowly, and losses are too high. I finally asked a nurseyman, showing my ignorance, but the guy didn't mind.

    Several guys have told me not to aerate anything until we are out of the high heat, high stress part of the season, say a little after Labor day. Plugging is probably best, as you say Tharrell.

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