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changing to bermuda

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by 1999frontier, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I've had our house for 2 years now and the first spring I put out fescue to see how it would do in eastern NC. The first year it thinned out when the summer hit b/c of hot summer days and drought. This past fall I overseeded again after trying to get rid of some bermuda that is in the lawn. I watered everyday for the first week then cut back to watering a couple times a week. I got the water bill and ;). So now I'm thinking I may want to put seed some bermuda this year since its going to be hard to kill the bermuda in fescue. I don't think bermuda needs as much water but does like fertilizer once a month in the growing season. For the winter months I will over seed with annual ryegrass. My only real concern is I have two trees in the front yard and I'm not sure how much shade I will have for the bermuda not to grow. Any help or insight?
     
  2. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,723

    Since you overseeded again this fall you may want to see how the Fescue is going to do this year. If you think it will not "cut the mustard" after this year you can try the Bermuda. The Bermuda is very drought tolerant, however this does not mean it is going to be a nice green during times of drought. During times of drought it will loose most of its color but will green back up after the moisture comes back. You also mentioned trees in the front. Bermuda hates shade, it wants to be in full sun or at least 6 hrs of good sun a day or it will be thin.
     
  3. JERELG

    JERELG LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I have lived at my house in southern North Carolina east of Charlotte for 6 years and planted KY 31, 5 of those years. I have done soil samples and went by the book. Everytime mid-summer the yard was dead. So this past summer I played with bermuda seed around the yard and it took off. So this late spring I going to give bermuda seed my best shot. My yard faces the east and gets full sun almost all day. My question is I have less than a 1/2 acre of yard how much bermuda seed do I need?
     
  4. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    This is a great website for us NC folks.
    http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/

    1-2lbs per 1,000 sq. ft. for existing lawns and 2-3lbs per 1,000 sq ft. for new lawns.
     
  5. novastar

    novastar LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    I would suggest anything but bermuda, it is too hard to maintain for the average homeowner plus it invades mulched areas and alike. I have bermuda and am planting more of it since Im already committed to that type but if I was starting over I would chose Zoysia or Buffalo. Buffalo doesnt look very good but is great for my area. The Zoysia is beautiful and seems to grow in your area per my understanding.

    The bermuda needs to be mowed everyday it seems or you get brown patches plus it is very hard on my mower running the deck that low.

    I mowed my neighbors zoysia and it cuts very nice.
     

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