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Old 11-21-2016, 08:41 PM
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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We have a newer home that had Bermuda sod installed by the builder in the front yard and fescue seed and straw spread in the side and back yards. This is NC and our clay ground is tough to work.

Over the first couple of years in the house, I've over-seeded the fescue once or twice, but it just didn't survive the summer heat and my inconsistent watering. Hence the fescue is spotty and thin at best. I have some bare spots of all sizes around the yard; some actually measure quite large 25+ sq feet.

There are some areas in the fescue sections of the yard that have been taken over by Bermuda. I understand that the Bermuda will eventually overtake the entire yard. So, I am thinking about simply giving in and making the entire yard Bermuda.

Can I simply turn over the ground and overseed with Bermuda seed to accomplish this? Or do I need to kill off the remaining fescue first? Also, do I need to install Bermuda sod or can I just use Bermuda seed?

I do want to also bring in some soil to level out some ruts and dips before I plant any grass.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:48 PM
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Bermuda is a vibrant powerful dominate grass that will eventually take over the fescue. If you want it to fill in faster then next year when temps are constantly over 65 degrees seed the fill in areas.
In many areas of the country Bermuda is considered an invasive weed, hard to eradicate.
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Old 11-22-2016, 06:44 AM
Location: NC
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Just let nature take its course. Bermuda will send out runners that will colonize the fescue areas. Fertilize when it is actively growing. Keep the lawn mowed fairly short (3 in). Don't water the lawn where the bermuda is and the fescue will start to die out.

Starting bermuda from seed will be tricky since at that time the fescue will be stronger. Most bermuda on hay farms is started by sprigging, that is pieces of healthy adult bermuda are pressed deep into the soil so that they can survive the drier conditions by getting down to moist soil more easily. If you want to start bermuda from seed you will need to kill off and remove the fescue, then perhaps hydroseed with bermuda, then keep the bermuda well watered until it is established--maybe 6-8 months.
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