Overseeding bermuda for dark green cool season grass

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BrendonTW, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    Annual rye is generally light green correct? Can it be made dark green like fescue with some nitrogen? Or should i use a different annual grass for fall and winter? If so, what kind? I want dark green!
     
  2. Wolffy5

    Wolffy5 LawnSite Member
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    I would go with perennial rye. You won't find a darker greener grass. If you have a thick dense bermuda stand then you shouldn't have to worry about the perennial rye competing with the bermuda next summer. The bermuda will out compete the rye esecially when temps are favorable for bermuda.
     
  3. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    Will I have a hard time disguising the rye with Bermuda during transition? I keep dark green Bermuda as well. I just don't want it to end up looking like fescue in a Bermuda lawn.
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  4. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
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    Poa trivialis (rough bluegrass) is my cool-season preference for overseeding.
     
  5. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    Dark green? Annual? Perrenial? Texture?
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  6. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    Poa is what they use at the golf course I live in. Only the Tee Boxes are done, but it looks really good. Nice bright green color.
     
  7. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    Gotcha. As I stated though, I'm looking for a dark green.
     
  8. Wolffy5

    Wolffy5 LawnSite Member
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    Its all about managing the exectations of your customer. You will see a difference in the turf as it is a different grass. The perennial rye will grow faster than the bermuda but as far as disguising it i don't see any problem. As long as you communicate with your customer and they know what you are doing and why you are doing it then they should be satisfied. If your bermuda is thick dense and dark green then you overseed with perennial rye this fall you will have the best yard in the area. It has a narrow, shiny, very dark green appearance.
     
  9. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You can have perennial rye year round over top the bermuda as long as you
    keep cutting the rye high. The bermuda can't take off if it's being shaded by the rye.

    If you want to get rid of the rye during the warm season, all you
    have to do is start cutting it at bermuda hight and the rye will disappear.
     
  10. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
    Posts: 547

    Rye will look good in this 105 degree weather? And how heigh should rye be cut?
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