Striping a common bermuda lawn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by tkalafut, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. tkalafut

    tkalafut LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 5

    This is my second season for the lawn at my new house. I'm cutting it with a 7 blade Tru-Cut reel mower. I'm going to try to keep the lawn 3/4" to 1" this whole season to thicken it up real well.

    I have found a roller striper on the web for around $60, but if it's not going to work, I'd just as soon not throw that much money away.

    My question is, how successful can I expect to be? Will I be able to get visible stripes? The roller will end up weighing around 30 lbs. when it's done.

    Will I have better luck if I raise the cutting height a bit? The lawn is common bermuda, and I'm in Atlanta, GA. I water and fertilize etc. regularly, so that part is covered.

    Anyone have any luck doing this in my situation?
  2. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Bermuda wont stripe at all.It can be a very beautiful lawn if cared for right.Go for the plush carpet look on bermuda.I know this isn't what you were hoping for.Best of luck
  3. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,405

    Bermuda WILL stripe, BUT not at 1", or even 2". It will stripe at 3" or higher.
  4. Lawn Cops

    Lawn Cops LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I agree with greenman. I have lush brumuda lawns that stripe very well. They stripe better if they are fertilized and watered regularly. Add Iron to really bring out the green. Raise your height to bring out the stripes. I cut all of my brumuda lawns at 3 - 3.5 inches. It will also increase the frought resistance.

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