Multiple Turf in a single lawn

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by cpllawncare, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    How do you guys handle this situation? I've has a few sales calls wanting to get rid of multiple turf grasses IE: bermuda centipede fescue in a single lawn?
     
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have the client pick one type of turf and chemically remove the rest. Some reseeding/sodding/etc may be needed if bare areas are opened up. Think about which grass is best adapted to the area. It is often maintenance practices that cause grasses to become mixed that way. Centipede grows where the soil is acid. Bermuda thrives in areas mowed really low and allowed to dry. Fescue is adapted to cool areas that are mowed high.
     
  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know GD didn't mean it exactly the way he worded it "Let the client pick the turf". Most if not all customers cannot identify and do not understand the environments under which certain grasses thrive. For instance they may read "shade tolerant" and think the grass needs zero direct sunlight. Therefore you should recommend the best type of turf for the situation.
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's what I try to do, your right usually they don't have a clue,
     
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ar got it right. I lay out their exact situation and suggest that they keep one grass out of the assortment that is there. Then it is go time. The fertilization and weed control program is configured to favor one, remove the rest. I try to remove the one that is least prevalent, then the next, and finally end up with what is desirable.
     
  6. Do you guys really get people that have 3 or more turf types in a single lawn?
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  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    It does happen. I have had lawns that contained bermuda, zoysia, seashore paspalum, and St Augustine all in the same lawn.
     
  8. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    Everyday, unfortunately in my situation it is not always practical to eliminate it down to one. But I do the best with what I have.
     
  9. Most common thing I see is Bermuda invading st aug or a st aug/bahia mix on yards that really can't afford a mono strand of st aug(usually 1acre plus middle/lower income homes)
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