The Q&A Archives: How to revive bermuda grass in Dallas?

Question: I recently bought a house and the lawns have much to be desired. The back yard is dying (mostly weeds, dry, and patchy). The front yard is OK but not lush and has some weeds. The grass for both types is bermuda. I live in Dallas, Texas and would like to understand what I can do in November to help the yard for 2006. My husband and I plan of resodding the backyard with St. Augustine since it is in truly bad shape. Any advice for us would be a great help. Thanks!

Answer: Ashley,

There is not much to do now since the bermuda will be going dormant very soon. In spring there is much to do including aerating, fertilizing, and weed control. Your county Extension Office has free information on lawn care including guidance on mowing, watering and fertilizing.

I would caution against switching to St. Augustine. Unless you wait until later in the spring to have time to spray the bermuda with weed killer a couple of times the result will be a lawn with a mixture of bermuda and St. Augustine. Again your local Extension Office can direct you to the proper products and timing if you choose to eradicate the bermuda. As an alternative, with proper care you could build a strong attractive bermuda lawn in less than one growing season.

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