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Burmuda (Wire Grass) ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by rcav8er, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. rcav8er

    rcav8er LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    Any suggestions on cutting Burmuda. I'm having a problem getting a clean cut. Deck just seems to push the stalks over and pass right by. I'm running a 48" belt drive and cutting very slow
    (2nd gear) but doesn't seem to make a difference.
    Granted these stalks are approx 8 - 10" high, about 7 days of growth.
    Of course Round-Up works!
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    Are your blades sharp? The only problem I have on my Burmuda lawns is the "scalped" appearence of the lawn after I mow. This is due to the fact that you tend to expose the rhysomes/stallions, especially on common Burmuda.
  3. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    sharp blades- side discharge and don't let it get so tall . 10 inches is way too high.
  4. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    !0 inches is way to tall, take only a third at any one cut. If it's a regular account and not a as needed situatuion try using Primmo-Max Plant Growth Regulator. Slow it down and less clippings to haul. If you mulch or side discharge then a PGR will also help clippings break down faster. Like Bernard said use a really sharp blade.
  5. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 649

    Are you sure you've got Bermudagrass? Sounds like Dallisgrass or (shudder) Bahai, maybe ?

    If it's Dallis or Bahai, cut it at 2 or 2 1/2 inches, with very sharp blades....don't necessarily expect to get it all in one pass:mad:
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    I think he's refering to Giant Bermuda , but a pic. sure would help in ID.
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Yep... no stalks on bermuda... 10" runners down on the ground maybe...
  8. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Consult Richard Duble's book on turfgrass Chapter 4 about southern turfgrasses where he describes Giant Bermuda as a contaminat in the eastern US. He states that upright stems can reach as high as 2 feet but are usually between 12 and 18 inches. The book is actually from Texas A&M but I've found it quite useful over the years. If you don't know what you're cutting get a good piece of it and take it to your local cooperative extension service and get them to tell you how best to care for it. I took many courses through Uof A 's extension when I was still active in the filed and they were inexpensive and gave lots of good info. People brought in all types of stuff they had questions about.
  9. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Giant Bermuda...
    Never heard of it...
    Learn something new every day!
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Sharpen your blades as close to the center hole as possible. It works wonders on tall, stalky grass.

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