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Old 10-24-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Hi everyone,

We have dead bermuda grass lawn in our back yard, and was wondering what is the best way to remove it? My husband is allergic to bermuda grass, so we used some herbicide and killed it. However, what we forgot at that time, is that the only thing my husband is more allergic than bermuda grass is dry grass!!!So, we want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Would tiller work when it comes to breaking the ground and digging the roots out? I figured we could rake the grass once it's loose, but I'm not sure would this method actually work. Thank you for your answers.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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Sod cutter videos.
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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You can also till it under
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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You can also till it under
How do you mean till it under? Thank you.
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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How do you mean till it under? Thank you.
Would that be planting seeds, so to speak?
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Old 10-28-2011, 05:17 PM
 
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Would that be planting seeds, so to speak?
Yes it would.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:45 AM
 
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Did it seed? I assumed it was a clipped-out wad of thatch - which could be tilled with a tractor

Better not to follow my advice however, rather than risk seeding...
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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In my attempts to kill bermuda to create beds, I learned spraying it with a grass killer doesn't work. It yellows, but does not kill, the grass or even weaken the roots. Tilling just churns the grass into the soil, but doesn't remove the grass. The roots would be easier to remove, though, than spraying.

It really depends on how much and how quickly you need to remove the grass. If you need to remove an entire yard immediately, hiring someone to cut and remove your grass may be best, but won't be cheap.

What's worked best for me is to overlay two sheets of newspaper over the grass I want removed and put mulch on top. This kills the grass naturally over 2-3 months by suffocating the roots. Then dig up the dead roots.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:11 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

We have dead bermuda grass lawn in our back yard, and was wondering what is the best way to remove it? My husband is allergic to bermuda grass, so we used some herbicide and killed it. However, what we forgot at that time, is that the only thing my husband is more allergic than bermuda grass is dry grass!!!So, we want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Would tiller work when it comes to breaking the ground and digging the roots out? I figured we could rake the grass once it's loose, but I'm not sure would this method actually work. Thank you for your answers.
If you haven't done anything with your yard yet, I would wait until spring to do something with it. I would rent a rototiller and do a thorough job of tilling the yard. You might want to add lime, cow manure mushroom manure, peat humus, etc. If you have clay soil, gypsum is supposed to help break it down.
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