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bermuda/zoysia lawn guys question?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tbettis, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    do you guys scalp the very first cut of the spring. if so why or why not.

    whats the purpose?
  2. In Hawaii we basically do it whenever the need arises. Usually because the thatch was way too much/customer neglect. Turf rake/verti-cuter (Bluebird) type machine or just a good blade on the Shindy c-27 (ya I go back a ways) for postage stamps. Be ready for ALOT of fluffy dead stuff.
    I could see that a good dethatching/scalp would be in order after winter dormancy for the US mainland. After be sure to use good starter fert (middle number bigger) we use Gaviota 10-30-10 granular, and let it rain! Follow up with regular fert. and 10 blade reel mower evry few days and you'll have a putting green!

  3. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

  4. mrmumbels

    mrmumbels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    i'm interested in the scalping thing too. I have a full empire zoysia lawn up front with a little ultimate flora zoysia in the back. I stupidly scalped it in the fall last year before it went dormant and really screwed it up. This year it went totally dormant with the low 20 degree weather and it's super thick and dead.
  5. dave k

    dave k LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    I have Emerald Green Zoysia and I just scalped mine taking it down to 1/4" using my Locke reel. Will let it grow up to 1/2 inch and than 3/4.
    It take's all the dead blades off and helps the ground to heat up, my lawn is already green, the only one in the S.D.
    Mr. Mumbells, How did your lawn do with the drying out in area's.

    I also scalp the bermuda down to 1/4" as well.
  6. sandman23

    sandman23 LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 212

    Scalp and aerate this time of year only. Scalping removes all the dead dormant Bermuda and Zoysia. Aerating reduces compaction. The two together promote healthy, new growth. I slowly bring mine up throughout the year. Never scalp in the fall. You want to protect the soil for the winter.
  7. mrmumbels

    mrmumbels LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    It died up in those areas all last year. Just bad roots for those areas for some reason. I still don't understand it. I hope it's better this year.

    Around here (Tampa), all the st Augustine lawns are coming up real green but mine is still trying. I just scalped it last week though. Do you have pics of yours? How often do you water right now.
  8. The Elements Group

    The Elements Group LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    burn it .. seriously and watch it grow into a lush lawn

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