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Normally Nice and GREEN in spring.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ed2hess, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is what can happen when you get rid of all the weeds.

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    What does the customer think?:confused: and no this was not an application of RU.

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  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,836

    This is precisely why I always warn new customers that their yard WILL look worse before it looks better. When they have a lot of weeds and we knock them out, it's going to look like crap until the turf fills in but you have to manage their expectations or they will NOT be happy.
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    You need more trees. The grass looks fine in the shade. Is the green area fescue? Rye? Brown stuff--dead crab or dormant Bermuda?
    Maybe you are a bit too far from that water tower in the back left.

    This is a situation where you should fertilize the Bermuda well during periods of adequate moisture. Build thickness. Hope it holds on during the hot dry spells--if that happens in your area.
     
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,960

    No periods of adequate moisture but it does get 30 minutes of irrigation per week as allowed in our city. This is berumda that has to come up on its own. That is how many lawns get established on big areas. They probably spread a seed mix when it was built several years ago. This is our second year on this HOA? This is pretty good farm land east of Austin. In our picture section of Hess Lawns 2014 I posted picture of the area across the drive .
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sell the overseed job:)
     
  6. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    First thing to come back, more weeds!
     
  7. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Posts: 1,836

    We can't/don't do overseeding in Tx. The desirable warm season grasses (TIF Bermuda, St Augustine, Zoysia) can only be done via sod or plugs. The only "grass" that will work here in the summer available in seed form is Common Bermuda, which is generally considered a weed.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,960

    Probably not since stone wall pre-m was put on it.

    We had a big area hydro mulched and it finally come up in the second year but nothing in shade. Probably could have thrown seed out and did just as good.

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    This was an untreated area right next to barren land. Could have treated this and eliminated a couple mows.

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  9. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Looks like the buttercups are "going to town". They are here too. The Bermuda here is dragging its feet on greening up because of overall cooler temps we've been having. What has been your average temps? how hard was your winter? How bad was the weed pressure last year? There can be many reasons for Bermuda looking like sh!t right now. Some of it you can or could have done something about. Other things like weather you have no control over and if that's the reason, then you need to explain that to the customer. Great customer relations starts with setting expectations...(realistic ones!)
     
  10. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    Up in my area most of the bermuda is looking good but the St Augustine looks like crap. The best St Augustine lawns are 60% dead and the worst are 99% dead. I think the 3" of sleet that stayed on the ground for 5 or more days and some 11 degree nights kicked it's butt
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