Cost versus Quality traderoff - BERMUDA

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by user123, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. user123

    user123 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    Looking to establish a new front and backyard. 1.5 acres of space. Have been pricing all the different seed types and don't think I will be going with Princess-77 for the entire acreage, if at all.

    What is recommened Bermuda for a good "cost versus appearance" tradeoff? I am not using my yard for the PGA Golf Championships, but I do want a nice look to the yard, strong enough for the local kids to play Nerf football and not tear the grass up.

    Should I just buy the bags of Common Bermuda at Lowes? Will this be fine for my purposes? I can pay a little more for better quality but I am not Warren Buffett either.

    Thanks and Happy New Year
     
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,320

    Do you have irrigtion on this? If so then maybe I would go with some special seeds that might be better than common bermuda. Otherwise go with common bermuda, in our area you don't need to plant it just mow low and in a couple years it will cover a yard.
     
  3. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    Well, in central Texas, with out irrigation and reasonable rainfall no real contiguous turf coverage is going to occur.
    Unless you count cockleburs, spurge and crabgrass.
    Provided you have some form of irrigation, ie like a traveling water cannon, contact Douglas Seeds out of San Antonio for their recommendations on seeded products.
    Cost is a whole lot cheaper than box store prices, the seed typically carries a greater percentile germination rate and most importantly cost is substainally less.
    Now, if you have an irrigation system, why not plant 419 Bermudagrass from springs?
    Sprigging is a bunch faster than seed, and a whole boat load cheaper than sod.
    Bear in mind with our rampant summer temps, expect at least three years for a healthy stand of turf from seed.
     

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