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How do you know if your Bermuda lawn is dead(southern folks)

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tbettis, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 221

    my bermuda is starting to break dormancy here in mid alabama, but suffered from a severe drought last summer that thinned the mess out of it. the areas that were not affected are starting to green up but the thinned areas areas dont have anything spouting up except poa annua.that has invaded my lawn(totally forgot to apply preemmergent last fall because of a heptic work schedule so i guess ill have to live with the poa for a couple more months.. i hate to reseed because its near impossible to match a seeded common bermuda with the sod stuff. any how what can be done to tell if the bermuda will come back? (wait)
  2. sandman23

    sandman23 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Posts: 212

    I agree about matching Bermuda. Depending on the size of area, I would use sand. Bermuda recovers very quickly and sand will promote growth (heat and density).
  3. jbirdturf

    jbirdturf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Aerifying and fertilizing with a high N will also help. Sand will definitely help as well with getting those bermuda runners going. Hopefully this year will bring a little more rain to us southern boys.
  4. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 221

    What type of sand
  5. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    :laugh:Bermuda dead, there is no such thing.
  6. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    Water and fert it regular and it will fill in.
  7. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,178

  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,782

    Hell, RoundUp wont even kill it!
  9. (wi) Roots

    (wi) Roots LawnSite Member
    from 9
    Posts: 152

    In thin areas, Plug it with your existing stand of bermuda. Use image for your blue grass. Check your Ph, and fert and water accordingly. You should retain your stand in one season. A six inch stand of bermuda will grow six feet in a year.
  10. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 221

    lawn has really filled back in guys. the sand,fert,water really helped..will post pics shortly

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