Need advice in renovating lawn in SW Ga

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by SWgaGrasshopper, Mar 29, 2013.

  1. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Hi,

    Just bought a house in SW GA, zone 8. I am an avid gardener, but have never before had such a bad lawn! Previous owner allowed weeds to take over. The crabgrass has already sprouted.

    Normally, this time of year I would spray the lawn with 2-4-D and follow up 2 weeks later with Atrazine. This lawn is so bad, I don't know if this spray schedule would be my best option. I would like to overseed at some point. Not sure if I can overseed soon or wait until the fall.

    I would REALLY appreciate advice on renovating this lawn. What sort of plan would you recommend to renovate this lawn? I realize it will take some time to get it into shape.
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    SW Georgia is warm season grass country, you have bermuda right? You don't plant warm season grass in the fall, that seed need's to go down after the last frost in the spring. You probably don't have irrigation, or do you? Do you have good sunlight and air movement? Bermuda is fairly forgiving, i'll bet you can take care of your weed problem and seed within a few week's, if you follow the label direction's. If you can be more specific with what chemical's you want to use people on this forum will help you out. Picture's will help a lot.
     
  3. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Agrostis,

    To be honest, I do not know what kind of grass is actually growing. This is and older home site. The home was originally built in 1960, and I doubt the lawn had ever been re-seeded or re-sodden since then. Maybe centipede? Definitely not St. Augustine.

    You are correct, no irrigation.

    Full sun on entire lawn, as large pecans have been cut down due to disease, and we have made straw beds in areas that were shaded.

    Here is an example of some of weeds, plus there are areas with lots of dandelions.

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  4. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Tried to upload other photos, but can't figure out how.

    One of the better areas, but still lots of weeds.

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  5. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    One more...lots of Florida Bettany weed.

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  6. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    This one is a patch of the actual desirable grass in lawn.

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  7. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Another close up...

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  8. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Last one...

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  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yeah, you have bermuda in there, and that is what you want. Honestly, you could blanket spray that whole yard with a 2% roundup solution, kill most of those weed's (roundup doesn't kill everything) (spot spray anything else with 2-4,D) and the bermuda will survive, it will set it back 4-6 week's but it will survive. Bermudagrass is so tough that gassing it with methyl bromide(a super strong sterilant) doesn't alway's kill it. And reseed with Princess77 (the best bermuda seed) one week later. Seed at three Lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Keep that seed wet for 4-6 week's so the seed can germinate (bermuda germinate's slowly, don't let that worry you) and get going, and you will have a yard that is at it's greenest in August, is thick enough to choke out most weed's and require's minimal irrigation. You do need to get a soil test, i'll bet your nutrient levels are low, you are on that red clay right? These people are excellent resource's for that and any other outdoor issue you might have.

    http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/thomas/

    This is some general bermuda info for you, just don't use any pre-emergent herbicide's the first year.

    http://aroundtheyard.com/the-news/71-bermuda-bible.html

    If you have any question's, just ask. Good luck.
     
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  10. SWgaGrasshopper

    SWgaGrasshopper LawnSite Member
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    Yes, this is a red clay area, although, there doesn't seem to be too much on this home site.

    I plan to get info on a soil test next week.

    Where would you suggest to find the grass seed? We have a Lowes but the only thing they carry is builder mix.

    What is the best process to overseed? Aerate and slice seed?

    Thanks
     

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