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Lawn Renovation Question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by KB, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. KB

    KB LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I am helping my girlfriend renovate the backyard of her new home. It was originally planted (2 yrs ago) with K31 and is now K31 and weeds with some bare spots. It is a large area (15K sq. ft.) with full sun and she wants to plant bermuda because sod would be too expensive. We have sprayed everything with Roundup and most is now dead. I was originally thinking of having it tilled or plowed in some manner so that we could rake away all of the dead grass but have since seen the "slit seeder" pics here like that of the Lawn Solutions product. Can I get away with cutting the dead grass very low, removing the clippings, and using a rented slit seeder? It seems like a much easier process than the alternative. What are your opintions. Thanks!!
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    It will definitly work in my opinion. Don't know how level the lawn is now one of the downsides to not tilling and leveling or bringing in top soil and grading is that if you have a lot of variations in the ground you will scalp alot with bermuda and it wont look great. But bermuda is very aggresive and if you slit seed, starter fert and water properly until germination you will have a bermuda lawn in no time.
  3. keepcuttin

    keepcuttin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Just remember when slicing go 4 ways.north to south east to west or you will leave the corn row effect. and if you are up to it do a 45 on it also.
  4. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    That is good rule of thumb when slit seeding but with bermuda and other creeping grasses which spread with rizhomes and stolons the corn rows will fill in quickly. Still a good practice to do what you said and seed multiple directions.

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