Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tider6972, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    Is it too late to scalp Bermudagrass in the South; central Alabama?

  2. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 649

    Anyone ? Scalping is not something we do, but have a request for it.
  3. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    What is the rationale behind that? Is any of that scalping info, backed by research?? Here, bermuda is considered a weed (undesirable). You may know more about this than I I was wondering about this scalping practice. Could you fill me on?
  4. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    no but u should have scalped bermuda about 3 weeks ago
  5. Buddy Buds

    Buddy Buds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    If you're already showing green new growth it is iffy. Don't scalp just cut back more than you would on a normal bermuda cut.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    You want the soil temps to be in the mid 60s and then the Bermuda will be actively growing for it to recover quickly. It stores sugars and starches in the roots, stems, thatch layer when you remove any of it you take away its fuel/stored energy to repair itself.

    All that said its nearly impossible to kill the stuff so scalp away. The only thing that will change is how fast it comes back.

    We scalp here in the fall for winter overseed and hope it goes dormant. If you do it too soon it comes right back, like in 7-10 days so I don't think you have any worries. Besides that what you call scalping is probably higher than I mow mine on a regular basis. We never cut higher than 1.5"-2" Most of mine is hybrid varieties that we mow at about 3/4" When we scalp it is dirt and the occasional stolen.

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    I don't do any scalping unless specifically requested, and then try to persuade them not to.

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