Thinking Of Letting The Bermuda Take Over

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by beaglegun, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
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    I have a soccer complex in central Ky I take care of. One field has a huge amount of bermuda. The fields are TTT Fescue, KY blue and per rye. I'm thinking of encouraging the bermuda next June. Maybe spraying glyphosate in Mar-April.

    How do you think this would turn out? I have no idea what vareity this bermuda is. It has never been seeded or sprigged. This is just invading bermuda
  2. turf4kansas

    turf4kansas LawnSite Member
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    I actually am aiding a local small private high school in attempting this. However, we were forced more by drought and a lack of funds to maintain a cool season field in this area. We started the beginning of this summer, so we weren't able to spray out the cool season. Instead we just shifted practices to encourage the bermuda. Right now, it's still pretty rough. Spraying out the cool season grass would have helped a lot.

    I'm not 100% familiar with your climate there, but it sounds somewhat similar to what I deal with in southern Kansas. We can grow everything, but can't grow anything. Meaning: warm & cool grow here, but struggle equally in the extremes.

    These decisions are always so dependant on the millions of variables your facing, but I would encourage the switch over to bermuda. I would spray it with glyphosate in March or April(whenever things are alive, but the bermuda is still dormant). Once the bermuda starts greening up I would start to hit it with a steady source of nitrogen through the summer. Keep it mowed at 1" or a little above. The main key is to keep encouraging lateral growth.

    My only concern would be that sometimes native bermuda doesn't respond to traffic as well as some of the turf types. However, if you have a very limited budget and you're having issues with the cool season being extremely patchy bermuda would be a good way to go.

    But as to your original question of "How it would turn out?"; unless you have bermuda almost all over the field right now it might be pretty rough the following year unless you come in with some sprigs or sod to help the field out. It's certainly feasible though.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Allow it to green up next season and blast the fescue with Celcius in a few small areas and see how the Bermuda responds. With water and fert it should do very well.
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  4. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
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    I believe central KY is very similar to KS. To hot in summer for warm season, to cold for cool seasons. TTT Fescue works best for low maintenance but won't stand up to soccer and football traffic. I'm leaning towards glyphosate in March, Riviera seed in June, irrigation and Urea all summer
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    You most likely have Common Burmuda coming in. Its very invasive during a hot dry summer. Your best bet is to hit the field with GLY in early spring before it comes out and then go after it with lots of nitrogen. The only downfall will be if there is any cool weather the field will not recover from harsh play as fast but you can overseed with Rye then.
  6. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Think you have that backwards... Warm season loves the heat, not so much for cool season, and vice-versa.
  7. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
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    Yes I know, typing error

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