Help..St. Augustine with a Bermuda Overseed...

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Cody1174, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Cody1174

    Cody1174 LawnSite Member
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    Just took over a lawn with some issues. I mow and maintain lawns on the side and I am a novice.

    The new homeowner lightly seeded his yard with Bermuda seed. He had issues with clover and various weeds. He dug out alot of the front yard and seeded bermuda. His neighbors aren't real happy and he has a big patch of bermuda in the center of his patchy st. augustine. Im looking for an inexpensive way to control the bermuda (or try to abolish it all together). Would overseeding with another grass work?

    Southern Louisiana, client has no watering limitations (well water). Manually waters grass.
     
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  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Getting Bermuda out of st Augustine is a real task. Big mistake putting bermuda seed in there if they didn't want a Bermuda lawn. Should round up the area multiple times and then re sod. And figure out the cultural practices that got it into the poor shape it was in and address those issues.
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  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Scalp it, roundup,roundup again,roundup again, some new topsoil and sod
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  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Inexpensive is not going to be successful. I have a feeling he knows what a sod job is going to cost. Is this going to be your first sod job?
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  5. Cody1174

    Cody1174 LawnSite Member
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    I just sprayed the visible areas of Bermuda with round up and even broke out the paint brush and hit the small patches.
    I plan on killing all the Bermuda I see visible now. Just had our first freeze, so I'm going to wait it out till early spring and see what kind of shape
    The remaining st Augustine is in.
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  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    A nuclear attack could happen and bermuda grass would survive.
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  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Selling the customer on a SA job will be your most pressing problem. The Bermuda will come back either from the roots or seeds blown back in from the now infected neighbor yards.:usflag:
     
  8. When you kill it off, make sure you add fusillade to that mix.
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  9. Johnagain

    Johnagain LawnSite Senior Member
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    Diamond,
    According to the label of Fusilade II on page 31 (weed control in desirable turfgrass) is says not for use on home lawns.
     
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    When used for nonselective destruction of grasses, that area is a non crop site. Syngenta does not want its Fusilade used on home lawns selectively because they cannot guarantee that applicators will use the proper equipment needed to prevent adverse reactions due to misapplication.
     

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