Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kjslawn, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a commercial custumer that wants aeration and seeding the soil here sucks. So I am wondering would burmuda grow better, I have other other yards that are burmuda and they stand up to everthing drought, traffic, etc has anyone overseeded with burmuda?
  2. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hey someone has to help a guy out here noone has ever seeded with burmuda?
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    To get bermuda up you will need 90F for around a couple weeks and a lot of they have irrigation? The cold temperatures don't hurt or kill bermuda in your area?
  4. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks mabe I'll try something with a heavy rye mixture
  5. 2menandamower

    2menandamower LawnSite Member
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    Since you said "the soil sucks" I am assuming that you have had a soil sample tested??? If so then fix the soil and and then seed it with a ggod turf type fescue,,,, and water the crap out of it... When I say fix the soil i mean add Lime or whatever it needs according to the soil test.. I know here in TN Lime make a BIG differnce in the soil and the way the lawn looks..... Good Luck
  6. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks I will try that
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup, what he said, lime, and I also like Gypsum of late (aka Clay buster).
    For those of you who get into it, check out some of that gypsum when you get a chance, I love that stuff, as much as lime.

    For the technos, lime is calcium carbonate, gypsum is a calcium sulfate dihydrate, both types of calcium are good for lawns, even thou gypsum is used mostly for farming, the nice part is the price, like lime, gypsum costs a little more but still cheap.
    Solu-Cal works real good also, but it's a bit pricey.

    Gypsum is used to break up clay soils, it increases the soil's water retention capacity among other things, I find I dump 120-200 pounds on a 1/4 acre and if gypsum is all I put down I can still see a difference, it really does help and you can't go wrong, I've dumped 3-400 pounds on a 1/4 acre before and omg what a difference THAT made (nothing else either).

    I'm not 100% sure if gypsum does anything on a non-clay soil but I'd be willing to bet it does, every time I've used it I seen a difference in the soil later, thou it does take 6-12 months before it can be re-applied, the effects are cumulative and does not affect the ph of the soil. For about $6 a bag you can just dump 3-4 bags on a 1/4 acre for a test, do it for free and see what happens.

    In most cases per 1/4 acre: 50 pounds of 90% germ rate fescue, 40 pounds at 30% phosphorus, 3-4 bags of lime and 3-4 bags of gypsum (120-200 pounds each).

    What did I forget?
    No I think that's it, make sure to use a walk-behind aerator and wait for rain!
    Aerate within the 3 days after a good solid rain, not before lol but no later than the first 3 days.

    See because it's already up to $270 or so...
    Bermuda, at least in VA is hard to find, and if you can find it then it's way high in price, far more than fescue...

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