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Old 03-07-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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Can't you just go crazy with Lime in the fall to keep it green?
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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That's a sorry attitude. Me me me.
Have you hugged a tree lately? No one is talking about watering their yard. We are talking about RAIN! It's none of your business if we want to make our yards look the best they can even during a drought. It's called PRIDE!!
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:56 AM
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look up super sod!! Cheap Cheap cheap!!! I would lay it - April showers bring may flowers!
I actually got a better deal with Broadway Farms Sod in Indian Trail.

But I used Super Sod last year and they weren't bad.
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Old 03-07-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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Here's what I know. It grows and spreads pretty well. When there is a lot of rain it may require more mowing than other grasses like Fescue. Our neighbors have Bermuda, we have Fescue now. They're grass is practically taking over our yard. It's much stronger than the Fescue. I don't like the feel of it (really scratchy) or look (yes, its the kind that turns brown in the winter), but it seems to be very practical especially for withstanding the wear and tear of dogs and a drought.
How does it spread to other yards? Do seeds blow? My neighbor is very concerned about his yard having Bermuda Grass growing in it. He is considering using "Round-Up" on his lawn and starting over, but can't water whatever he puts down. I guess it will work it's way through the neighborhood?
I'm wondering if this is a bad thing?
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:00 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Have you hugged a tree lately? No one is talking about watering their yard. We are talking about RAIN! It's none of your business if we want to make our yards look the best they can even during a drought. It's called PRIDE!!
I am sure everyone on this board is concerned about our water levels. We are all just trying to figure out how to work w/ the situations we are all enduring . . . and still have what Carolina Guy refers to as "pride" in this huge investment - our homes! We want our yards and homes to look as nice as they can - under the circumstances we are all dealing with.

Luckily, we have had rain . . . and DH got the seed out in time to take advantage of the moisture and the warmer days . . . he spread some seed again this week in the evening (the birds have appreciated his efforts!!!). . . and we are praying for heat high enuff for germination.

I get out and look at the ground every day, like that is going to speed things up, Hee Hee.

I so appreciate reading everyone's ideas and suggestions . . . and hope no one will misunderstand that we all are trying our best to deal w/ a bad situation w/ the drought (wh/ has somewhat been mitigated, if you read what the state officials have to say about our water situation here).

Please don't stop sharing ideas on this thread . . . it has been very meaningful to me and I suspect to many others silently reading out there . . .
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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I'm new to the South myself, and am wondering about Bermuda Grass. Is that the stuff that goes dormant in the winter and turns beige? (like on the golf courses) I see a lot of this down here and am wondering if someone can tell me more about it. Advantages?? Disadvantages?? Water and weed tolerence?.............Thank You
It does go dormant once the temps drop but you can overseed with an annual rye grass if you want year round green. Personally, I don't like to mow year round so I let it go dormant. The big advantages are it provides a durable yard (I have boxers and they easily tear up my fescue with all of their running), and drought and sun tolerance. Fescue is not really meant to be used when you have all day sun, it does far better in shadier situations.

As for disadvantages, fescue feels softer under foot and is green longer (in the right environment). Since it requires less water, bermuda will also grow more quickly if the weather gets especially rainy. But under normal circumstances I think they will be about the same.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:03 AM
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i REALLY want grass in my back yard. everytime it rains, we have mud. i hate it. there's no way to predict how this spring/summer will go regarding rain fall. but one things for certain, we probably won't be allowed to water lawns again.

do you think laying sod would be a dumb decision right now? we'll be getting Bermuda sod for our back yard b/c it'll hold up better for our dog. i'm not sure how draught tolerant that type is though.
I put down some sod 2-3 weeks ago and it is doing awesome. If you get it down now and we get some rain like wev'e been getting and you put some starter fertilizer down you should be ok. You would have March,April, and May for it to get established before it gets to hot. It just depends though, no way of knowing for sure. If we keep getting rain like we have been lately you will be fine. If we have another summer like last year which I doubt, that was highly abnormal, but if we do, you will be reseeding and replacing some sod in dead spots like I did this year.

It beats the heck out of mud though. We have a dog in our back yard and that is why I went with sod. I don't regret it. Even if I have to overseed at least I got a base down.

Just my opinion, I certainly am not a lawn care specialist or anything.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:03 AM
 
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Yes it spreads through seeds in the wind. It's rather annoying if you have Fescue and someone's Bermuda is trying to take over. One of our neighbors paid a lawn company to kill their entire yard and re-seed with Fescue. It's coming back nicely, but too soon to say if the Bermuda is entirely gone. I'm sure its only a matter of time before it happens again.

If you can't beat 'em you may as well join 'em.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Can't you just go crazy with Lime in the fall to keep it green?
I don't think so, because it really requires the warm temps. If longer green is important to you, throw down some annual rye in the fall and your yard will look nice year round. Just know you will be mowing in the winter.
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Old 03-07-2008, 07:05 AM
 
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Have you hugged a tree lately? No one is talking about watering their yard. We are talking about RAIN! It's none of your business if we want to make our yards look the best they can even during a drought. It's called PRIDE!!
Pride in the good sense?
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