Southern guys, Bermuda discussion thread

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by macgyver_GA, May 18, 2013.

  1. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just ordered 3 yards of river sand from Mulch Man in Hickory Flat. They'll be delivering it on Saturday morning. $183 delivered, not too bad. My neighbor is going to come help me out. Friday night, I'll drop the Tru-cut down one notch to 1/2" and throw down some 46-0-0 urea then water it in. I'll post some pics afterwards.

    I'm going to the beach at the OBX for a week July 5-13th so I'll put the sprinklers on electronic timers and have my neighbor keep an eye on them while I'm gone. Hopefully when I return, it will have filled in pretty good.
     
  2. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm still assessing what if anything I can do with my 2 acres of bermuda. I'm curious if you guys think that maybe 70% or so of the sand work could be done using a small front end loader on a sub compact tractor & back dragging?
     
  3. Dude rent a topdresser...2 acres is a lot
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  4. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
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    I concur Thumbs Up
     
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Too get it really smooth which is the object, you need a top dresser or do it by hand. Box blade, back drag, fence drag, none are going to give you that super smooth surface. My last house had at least a quarter acre that I hand raised hybrid Bermuda like it was a baby. I took the time by hand with the pushbroom and I could reel cut at a half inch. I would devote a weekend and give it my best personal effort.
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  6. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    A top dresser doesn't require using a broom to smooth out?
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Maybe just a light touch to perfect it. The topdresser will just allow you to quickly and evenly move the majority around. Larger low spots may need a bit more from a wheelbarrow. This is very labor intensive, OCD exercise. Few customers will pay for it, but it makes for some great work pics to show customers or jazz up your website.
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  8. gulfjoe

    gulfjoe LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wish I had a top dresser when I did mine. Probably would have had 10x better results. My lawn is as bumpy as it was before and I am missing 1/4 of my grass
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Joe if I remember yours correctly you had significant amount of die off and some wide gaps to fill. Did you repeat again this year to give it another go. Fill, fert , water repeat. It will get there. I live in an area that requires a light touch up yearly to keep ot perfect.
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  10. Probably need to verticut. Just scalping and burying with sand is not going to get it done correctly. There is no need to ever bury with sand, you only will kill the turf. If you want the job done correctly, it needs to be done correctly.
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