The Q&A Archives: Bermuda and Fescue

Question: When we purchased our house, they had sodded the front, side and 1/2 back yard with Bermuda. They threw fescue in the other 1/2 of the backyard. How do I keep the fescue from coming into the Bermuda, as we want the Bermuda to take over. And, will Bermuda take over the fescue, or is the fescue more dominate???

Answer: Sounds like an odd combination, but since bermuda is a warm season grass and fescue is a cool season grass, bermuda is often overseeded with fescue so the lawn stays green all year around. Getting one grass out of another is not easy. If the area is allowed to go through drought the bermuda will outlast the fescue. Hand digging the spots is another option. Fescue is a cool season grass and bermuda is a warm season grass. Therefore you may have success using a glyphosate (Roundup is one brand) spray on the turf when the fescue is actively growing and the bermuda is essentially dormant.

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