Want new grass... any Ideas?

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  1. mikedickbek

    mikedickbek New Seed

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    My wife and I seeded our bermudagrass lawn about 5 months ago, and it's already pretty much dead looking. I wanted to have a nice lawn like those on golf courses, but have recently found that you have to get the bermudagrass in sod, not seed, for that type. I guess the seed type is more of a brown, sparse coverage grass used more commonly for the sides of roads... not what I want. I thought I was just taking care of it wrong, but after looking it up, I've been watering and fertilizing correctly... It's just an ugly grass.

    The housing area I live in out here in hawaii has St. Augustine grass between the houses, and although it's course, it's really green and looks a whole lot better than my brown scraggly lawn.

    If I got some st. augustine seed and put that on my lawn, would it eventually 'beat' out the bermuda grass?

    Any other ideas would be great.

    Thanks a lot,
    Mike
     
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  3. LindaF

    LindaF New Seed

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    I don't believe you can get St. Augustine seeds either, you'll need to buy plugs or sod.

    St. Augustine will only take over the Bermuda if you treat your lawn as if it's St. Augustine. Lots of water and let it grow long (to about 4 inch, where Bermuda likes to be cut short)
     
  4. hummingbird3172

    hummingbird3172 In Flower

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    This is what I intend to do....someday...it is a lawn of creeping thyme. I think it is the pink chintz variety...it doesn't need as much water and look how beautiful!
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  5. mikedickbek

    mikedickbek New Seed

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    Huh. Thanks a log guys!!
     



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  6. major45

    major45 New Seed

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    What type of Bermuda did you plant?

    I just bought $400 worth of seed to plant my yard on big island. I dont want to end up with the same result. I spent too much time tilling and taking the old sod out. Im starting from scratch.

    M
     
  7. TheBip

    TheBip Young Pine

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    Hummingbird, thats lovely! I wouldnt mind having a lawn like that ^_^ Major, hope your grass grows for you :)\

    I got some stuff in the mail about Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs that looks interesting
     
  8. marine683

    marine683 Seedling

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    Hummingbird, what a lovely view. Sure beats the noise and stink of the city life!
     
  9. teddybear

    teddybear In Flower

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    You can make your own plugs if your neighbors don't mind a spot or two which should grow over quickly. It took awhile, a little at a time, but my dad plugged a whole back yard with just a strip of side yard to plug from. Use a heavy duty bulb planter and cut a plug. Then cut one where you want the grass to be. Use the dirt to fill in the grass hole so it will fill back in nice. The grass should recover quickly. The new yard will take some time and it will depend on how far apart the plugs are. Also don't let the new plugs dry out. A little TLC and a lot of patience and you should have a new yard in no time.
     
  10. rockytop00

    rockytop00 New Seed

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    Just buy the St. Augustine Sod. Beware that St. Augustine is harder to take care of though!
     
  11. Lawnmasters

    Lawnmasters New Seed

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    New Grass,

    If you have the time and patience you can convert the bermuda to what ever type you want. If your going to use St. augustine wait until next summer early, or in your area when the st. augustine grows the fastest. Kill off the bermuda with round up and immediatley plug or sprig with St. Augustine and water water water and ferilize small amounts weekly to keep the grass pushing, and it will cover in the first year. You just have to have the patience to wait for it to cover.

    Good luck on your lawn.
    Greg Pierce, CTP
     

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