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Dumb Bermuda Question

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Tn Lawn Man, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Ok, this has not happened to me before.

    I have a client that has a mostly bermuda lawn with parts of fescue mixed in it.

    The funny thing is that he want the lawn to be 100% bermuda. I know this is common in other parts of the country but not here. It is always the other way around.

    In fact, I have become somewhat of a specialist in turning a lawn from bermuda to fescue.

    My question is: What are your recommendations on getting rid of the fescue and encouraging the bermuda growth?

    My plan was just to cut it very short and when the bermuda takes off in the warmer weather fertilize it to encourage its' growth over the fescue.

    ?????? Thanks
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Are you licensed in the application of pesticides?
    If so, a chemical named Revolver will assist in ridding a lawn of fescue.
  3. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 963

    Some of the fescue will remain and be visable this fall. Check out the revolver or roundup the whole lawn this winter, assuming you are licensed.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Why is the fescue there? Is there any shade in the area?
  5. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Fescue is everywhere down here and is the preferred grass. The challenge in this part of the country is to get the bermuda out of the fescue, not the other way around.
  6. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,781

    The bermuda should still be dormant now. Roundup the fescue before the bermuda starts to green up. If your worried about the bermuda, half or quarter rate the roundup and spray multiple days. I haven't done any chem apps for a very long time, but did undergrad research at K-State on selective removal of cool seasons in bermuda and zoysia. We were using post and fusilade for the first trials at low rates and seemed to have good results. I know the research was continued, talk to your suppliers about the appropriate chemicals. I'm betting from the comments already made, that Revolver was one of the developed products.
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    In Kansas it probably is still dormant. In TN, its been coming out of dormancy and greening up for almost 2 months.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    So what part of TN are you in?
  9. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,010

    If he's in Tennessee,as his signature implies,bermuda is far from dormant right now.My bermuda lawns are already green with new growth and have been for over a month.Do not spray roundup on bermuda right now.
  10. Tn Lawn Man

    Tn Lawn Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 479

    Nashville Area.

    I appreciate all of the advice from everyone.

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