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kill tall fescue

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by bobocmp, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. bobocmp

    bobocmp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I have bermuda grass and tall fescue mixed in. Is there a way to kill the tall fescue and keep the bermuda?
  2. NickN

    NickN LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 1,009

    Spot spray each clump with Round-Up.When it dies,the bermuda will take over.
  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,216

    As hot as it is getting the fescue may not tolerate being cut as short as the recommended height for bermuda.

    You might be able to get rid of it by lowering your cutting height to below 2".

  4. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Best way I have seen to kill fescue is to plant it in some of my customers lawns. LOL
  5. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    Bayer "Revolver" will kill cool season grasses but not warm season grasses. I used it to kill fescue in my zoysia. It is a restricted herbicide that is supposed to be applied by a licensed operator only. I convinced the supplier that I knew how to read lablels, mix chemicals and apply at recommended rates, and they sold it to me. You could try that or find an applicator that will work with you. They may not know about Revolver. It is expensive, but it works quick and won't leave brown patches in your yard that will take forever to fill back in.
  6. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    wait till the bermuda goes dormant in early winter and spray round-up. The bermuda will not be affected.
  7. MannyEdge

    MannyEdge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I want to kill the bermuda grass and not the fescue. Can I do that?
  8. dfischer

    dfischer LawnSite Member
    from Il
    Messages: 114

    you must not have tall fescue, as you'd not be wanting to keep it...
  9. MannyEdge

    MannyEdge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    I guess I am not following you. I have tall fescue and I do not want bermuda. I hope that explains it better since you were confused. Most people in my area do not want the bermuda.
  10. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Just maintain your lawn for a warm season program. Cut it low, fertilize in May and July with high nitrogen, and give it nothing in the cool season. Maybe spray the Round-up like Nick said on a warm fall or winter day. Those conditions will certainly run off fescue, especially during those hot SC summers. I've had great success with this.

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