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Is this Bermuda in my St Augustine?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Scott_WPB_FL, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. Scott_WPB_FL

    Scott_WPB_FL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I've spent a couple of weeks trying to figure out what this grassy weed is and I think it might be Bermuda grass. It grows sparsely in a couple of small patches 2-4 ft diameter where it has thinned the St Aug and I see a larger area in my neighbor's lawn right by the edge of mine. These patches are on the same side of my lawn, but not close together really.

    Is my identification correct? And if it is Bermuda is the only option roundup and resod? Is Atrazine useful here or a waste of time? What cultural practices control this in St Aug? It seems to grow as tall as the Augustine grass and be more drought resistant.

    Thanks for any help,



    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    This is Bermuda.

  3. Scott_WPB_FL

    Scott_WPB_FL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Ms_Surveyor, that picture looks close enough to what I see that I can't rule it out. I don't know why my first sample has such wiry leaves. I took a picture second sample which has very thin blades but not so wiry in case it helps anyone ID it. I think the first sample got a bit dehydrated maybe.

    I think the seed head shown in the original photos is consistent with Bermuda.


    MS_SURVEYOR LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,002

    Yep! That's Bermuda.
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Scott, That is bermuda. I am not aware of anything that will take it out of SA without killing the SA also. If your neighbor has it, you will have it. IMHO it is a much stronger turf than SA.
    Cultural practices - remove from the neighbors lawn and pray it does not come back. Generally it seems that I find it most often in lawns where the irrigation is not up to par and is a spot that receives full sun exposure or is a hot area.

    If the area is still small in your lawn ...you could try wiping Round Up on it carefully trying to do as much damage to the SA as you can and trying to push the growth of the SA to close in before the Bermuda comes back.
  6. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Get use to it, you will never remove it from the lawn in question, yes it is Bermuda.
    easy-lift guy
  7. Grassman67

    Grassman67 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    It has always been my experience that St Augustine will finally choke out bermuda, if the St Augustine is healthy. Am I wrong on this?
  8. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    I believe you are incorrect. I have never seen waht you have described happen in 31 years in the business. Location: SW Florida.
    easy-lift guy
  9. Popeye77

    Popeye77 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 244

    Well I got news for ya. My neighbors St. Augustine has taken over about a 1/4 of my back yard that was Bermuda.
  10. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,372

    Total Irradication will not occur. Don't hold your breath based
    on winning One battle. Bermuda will always maintain the upper hand. It is really that tough!
    easy-lift guy
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