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May 18, 2018 12:05 PM CST
Southeast Texas
Ok guys, I thought I had Bermuda grass. Then I planted some Scott's ez seed bermuda in a large bare spot. Now the seedling are growing well but they dont really look like the rest of my grass. I live in coastal Texas. I am attaching some photos of the grass in my backyard. I think I may have both St. Augustine and Bermuda. I don't really know... can you help me?? Also, if my yard isn't Bermuda, how different will it look to have a spot of Bermuda surrounded by St. Augustine? Thank in advance!!


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May 18, 2018 1:38 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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To me your grass looks to be mostly St Augustine (the heavier blades) with Bermuda mixed in. There is also some sort of sedge. To favor the St Augustine mow tall, the Bermuda will tolerate much closer mowing. I would expect the bare spot to end up a mix of the two like the rest of the lawn.
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May 18, 2018 6:17 PM CST
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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I had a yard of both. Some years it was mostly St. Augustine and other years the Bermuda showed through. Many lawns do contain both and the happiest grass is the most prevalent. Because rainfall and temps vary each year the grass adjusted. Bonus was I never "lost" my lawn. Keeping it mowed regularly always improved its appearance and like Porkpal stated mowing heights influence the grasses happiness level.

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May 18, 2018 8:02 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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I have a combination of St. Augustine, Bermuda and a few unidentified 'weeds' mixed in. The nice thing is that when it's mowed, it looks green and that's fine with me.
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May 18, 2018 8:07 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have Bermuda in my yard, and I nicknamed it the grass from hell. Maybe it is the grass to have in TX, but around here it is the pits. Very invasive, spreads everywhere, NOTHING kills it that I have found, and it grows on very strong woody kind of runners. I think it could root under a sidewalk and come out the other side no kidding. You can't pull it out, it so tough and hard, and it roots really deep and goes on forever. It is dead brown all winter and takes a good deal of time to green back up in the spring. Sad
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May 18, 2018 8:12 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Yes, that sounds like the Bermuda grass that I know. It makes a great pasture grass.
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May 18, 2018 9:20 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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Frillylily said:I have Bermuda in my yard, and I nicknamed it the grass from hell. Maybe it is the grass to have in TX, but around here it is the pits. Very invasive, spreads everywhere, NOTHING kills it that I have found, and it grows on very strong woody kind of runners. I think it could root under a sidewalk and come out the other side no kidding. You can't pull it out, it so tough and hard, and it roots really deep and goes on forever. It is dead brown all winter and takes a good deal of time to green back up in the spring. Sad


If you're not opposed to chemical herbicides Fusilade or Ornamec do a great job of killing bermuda and doesn't harm non-grass plants.
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May 19, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I suspect that they will also kill St Augustine. Bermuda grass is one of the most difficult plants to kill - with anything.
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May 19, 2018 9:30 AM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have only this month been experimenting w the Fusilade, we'll see what it does
I have high hopes of at least getting it under control in my flower beds.
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May 19, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Yes, the Bermuda grass is a pain. But I have so much shade that it kinda controls the Bermuda.
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May 19, 2018 3:17 PM CST
Name: Kyle
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Frillylily said:I have only this month been experimenting w the Fusilade, we'll see what it does
I have high hopes of at least getting it under control in my flower beds.
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Don't give up. If at first it doesn't kill it try again and raise the concentration a bit. I have successfully killed it from plants it was intertwined with.
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May 19, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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I have only this month been experimenting w the Fusilade, we'll see what it does
I have high hopes of at least getting it under control in my flower beds.
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