bermuda plugging experiment

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grassmasterswilson, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. cmvanham

    cmvanham LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Weeks Seed in Greenville will have it. Across the street from Guy Smith Stadium.
  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    I could really tell in the growth and amount of grass clippings. I was putting lots of fertilizer to it an was mowing 2 times a week. After primo I was mowing 1 time a week and still very little clippings. I could tell it thickened up pretty good. Would it have looked the same without primo? I don't know.

    There were mixed opinions on doing primo on new turf. I chose to do it as close to fall as possible. That way if it didnt work no harm and if it did hopefully it would fill in and look good before fall.

    I really think after we get into next year it will look like it was sodded.
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  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    I think you waited long enough for the plugs to establish before hitting it. Primo does make the grass tighter / thicker but I was not sure it would help it fill the gaps.
  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yeah. I had very good response on runners expanding from the "squares". The primo did a great job of thickening the turf so it doesn't appear thin. In most places its completely filled in. I only have problems around some edges which could be shade or poor soil(the sod squares are still green just didn't spread very well).
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  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    So as year 2 begins we are just starting to see some Bermuda break dormancy.

    I have some areas that need some leveling and I hope to cure it this year along with pushing it to 100% coverage.

    I am thinking of doing a double core aeration and then dragging something...old carpet? ... To help move some of the plugs to lower spots. Would this work? I'm trying to get away from top dressing since I've got about 8k and not spreader other than a push spreader. Still could be an option later in the year.

    When is too early to aerate Bermuda? More harm than good if turf was only 15-25% green with warm temps forcated?
  6. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Got any recent pics even though it's dormant? Did you wind up overseeding with rye or other grass over the winter? I had never considered dragging a piece of carpet - mostly seen people dragging small sections of chain link fencing or similar.
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    Will try to get some pics. It's about 80-85% filled in. I didn't overseed cause it was mostly covered.

    My idea with the carpet was to pull it after the aeration in hopes that some cores would be left in low spots.
  8. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    One of the golf courses I worked for used a heavy mat with artificial turf on the part of the mat that hits the ground. They looked homemade but worked very well.
  9. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 562

    Any updated pics since bermuda is out of dormancy? Also, how many sq. ft. was the total area you did?
  10. crb007

    crb007 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Would love to see an update. I plugged my backyard here in Greenville, NC with Celebration Bermuda back in May. I purchased 72 3in plugs and spaced them roughly six feet apart. I fertilized every two weeks with 1 pound N/1000 sq ft using 34-0-0 quick release, watered 1in every 5 days and mowed every three days at 3/4 in with a rotary mower. The area gets full sun all day. I have almost complete coverage now and expect a complete fill in by September.

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