bermuda grass - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by obxbarbruce
March 25, 2010
our Boxers have somewhat messed up our backyard w/ their romping, etc. we need to resotre our Bermuda grass: how, best method (reseed ?) or ? where do we fine


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010

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There are a couple of ways to renovate your lawn. You can rototill it up and start all over, or you can rent a core aerator and aerate your lawn, then spread some sand or compost over the area and reseed.

If you decide to redo the entire lawn, start by rototilling the area to break up the soil. Remove any debris (stones, sticks, weeds, etc.) and then spread 4-5 inches of organic matter over the area and rototill it in, then rake the area smooth. Sod produces an almost instant lawn because the grass is mature with a healthy root system. After laying the sod and watering it down well, it only takes a week or two to become firmly established. Seeding takes a little longer, but the results are eventually the same - a lush, thick, healthy lawn.
The second option is to aerate your existing lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn.

Either approach should improve the soil beneath the lawn and help your lawn grow lush and thick.

There are two types of standard Bermuda seed: hulled and un-hulled. Hulled seeds are intended to be planted in the spring or early summer, when the ground temperature has reached a minimum of 65 degrees F. Un-hulled seeds are intended for planting in the fall or winter months, when they are expected to lie dormant for a period of time before the ground warms enough for them to sprout. Hulled Bermuda seeds sprout faster and have a greater germination rate than un-hulled seeds, and hulled Bermuda seeds generally have fewer weed seeds mixed in, so you will get a more uniform lawn with hulled seeds. The sowing procedure is the same for hulled or un-hulled seeds. Expect to pay slightly more for hulled seeds. You should be able to find hulled seed at your local Home Depot. If not, check with the staff. They may be able to order it for you.


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