New to Bermuda grass.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gulfjoe, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ok this is what i have got going on. I am moving in to my new home Dec 30th this year. They are laying my new Tif419 bermuda grass sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. I live in Columbus GA now. My questions are...

    1. What care should I have to do for a freshly sodded lawn in DEC?

    2. When/What kind of fertilizer should I use? I am new to the area so i am familiar with the lowes and home depot but i think I have spotted some nurseries.

    3. I am come from a Fescue Lawn, So How does Bermuda over seeding work? and what type of seed do I use.

    I will probably have lots more question over the next several seasons so i hope you guys help me out. You were life savers on my last lawn project.

    Thanks
    Gulfjoe
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    1 - Make sure that the seam's on the sod are tight.

    2- Make sure that the soil underneath the sod doesn't dry out starting in March. In Ga. you shoudn't have any any problem's with greenup.

    3- Don't fertilize dormant grass ever. That sod got plenty of fertilizer at the sod farm. Let it green up completely before you start thinking about fertilizer. But once it get's established 419 is a heavy feeder. Think about 1 Lb. of N a month in the growing season.

    4- Overseeding for a home lawn is usually done with ryegrass. It's hard on the bermuda and spring transition can be ugly. I don't recommend overseeding but some people want that color.
     
  3. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am noticing weeds come up in random spots throughout the entire yard. I have noticed in people yards that were laid down before mine are alot worse. Here are some pics of the weeds. what should I do to get rid of them and what should i do to keep them from coming back.

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  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    That's poa annua - annual bluegrass. A cool season plant. Don't try to eradicate that this winter with new grass. The heat will take it out. It is more important to let that sod get established first. That is a very common weed. It grow's everywhere. Million's of dollar's are spent every year to combat poa. One mature plant can produce a thousand seed's a year. Next September plan on a pre-emergent to keep that and other winter weed's suppressed. Put down pre-emergent before the seed's germinate. This is totally dependent on soil temperature. Get yourself a soil thermometer. It will help your timing a lot.

    http://www.amazon.com/Chaney-Soil-Thermometer/dp/B000FDBBG4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327102313&sr=8-2

    You can also get weather data online from the state. But it is not as accurate as taking the temperature yourself. Your local agriculture agent can tell you the best product to use for your area.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    While it is green and the sod is still somewhat new pull as much of the POA out as you can. Lots of work but the best control for now.
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  6. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Late feb spray round-up on your yard. No I'm not kidding. It won't hurt the bermuda.
     
  7. lawnrx

    lawnrx LawnSite Member
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    Please don't use round-up. Just let the grass root in and green up this spring. I know that round-up is safe most of the time in Feb but its a warm winter this year and you could still do a little damage. you can other products in last May to kill poa.
     
  8. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im spending today and tomorrow pulling it all up. It sure does root deep, long stringy roots.
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Good deal, remember no chemicals or fertilizer till green up.
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  10. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Your wasting your time pulling it. Round-up will not hurt the bermuda even with a warmer winter. It will just delay it from greening up which sometimes is better due to bermuda coming out and then a killer frost bites it in the ass. It' better to delay it then to have a killer frost hit it. Yes there is other chemicals that can be use but it's expensive.
     

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