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That time of year

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Zeta09, May 7, 2014.

  1. Zeta09

    Zeta09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Hello All.

    I live in AZ and have been maintain my small backyard for years.

    I had nice growth with the Pennington Rye that I put down last Season and its turning to Summer (slower than usual here). I had some MidIron Bermuda sod put in two years ago and it is getting to the temps where the Bermuda should be growing through but I am inquiring about what I should/can do about trouble spots and or patches that I would need to treat.

    I doubt the local Lowes/Home Depot or even the Specialty Nurseries around me would have the specfic MidIron hybrid.

    What can I do to prepare and treat if need be?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,999

    Bermuda wants up to 1 lb of nitrogen per 1000 sq ft per month. It also wants to be reel cut at 1" or less. There is also the issue of sun and night time temperatures. If it is too cool, it does not grow.
  3. Zeta09

    Zeta09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah we are in the high 60s at this time so it's not quite optimum temps (80s + right) but when we DO get there I will want to be prepared and make sure I'm not missing anything.
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,999

    If you want to be sure you got things covered, how about a soil test? I do not like to apply anything without that in my hands. One of my clients has a 1/2 acre bermuda lawn. She told me how she once spread a double or triple rate of granular lawn fertilizer. For all of that work and money, lawn greened up a little lasting all of about a month where it should have been growing like crazy for the next 90 days. I started servicing the lawn. First visit was to draw soil samples. I found a pH of almost 8 and excessive magnesium. That is why the fertilizer did not work. Now, I treat the lawn with an ammonium sulfate and acid based fertilizer mix. Lawn now needs mowing twice a week.
  5. Zeta09

    Zeta09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I see....

    Thank you very much for the replies.

    I will look into this further...

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