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Old 04-05-2011, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Does anyone know when to expect bermuda to start greening in our area? I planted my back yard last year, in early april and by end of may it was lush.

this year, i seem to still have dormant bermuda and some bare spots so I threw some bermuda seed out, threw some fertilizer down and covered with wheat straw right before we had the rains last week.

I do have a bunch of what looks like rye grass or fescue coming up here and there- perhaps from when the builder planted before i moved in.

Fingers crossed here that my back yard will come up just as nice as last year.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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ahhh, i searched.

looks like the answer is mid to late april so any time now!!!!!

can't wait. hopefully I have most of last years come up.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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My Bermuda is starting to green up right now. I think maybe next week (fingers crossed!)
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Knightdale
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On the top of my hill (lots of direct sunlight) all my Bermuda is green. On the lower flat portions I noticed its starting to turn when I cut the grass (excuse me - weeds) this weekend.

We're planning on filling in some spots this weekend.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I am not sure if i have bermuda or crab grass in some places.

I planted alot of bermuda last year and it looked awesome.

this year, i have more bare spots than i remember having end of last years crop. I am thinking I do have bermuda grass but some died over the winter.

So far, the only green things in my yard is some fescu type grass here and there, and a few of those prickly leafy things.

Hoping the bermuda kicks in soon. the front is still white/tan and that is bermuda sod planted by builder.

I figure if that turns green and the back yard doesn't, back to the drawing board.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:11 PM
 
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Bermuda technically needs a soil temp of about 70 to fully green up. Needless to say more sun the quicker it might green up etc etc. I say might because parts of my yard are really greening and some are not and others are in between. It is following the same pattern as previous years. I have heard and my experience has been that it will be in full green mode by May 1. It takes up to three years for a Bermuda lawn to fully come in so the newer the lawn the more time it may take for it overcome competing growth. A good pre/post emergent control program helps.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:49 AM
 
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Mine is still brown. I think it is nearly time to add some fertilizer.

I plan to aerate and add lime this spring also, but I figure should wait until it starts growing before I aerate.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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Sacuy,

If you have bermuda I do not think you are supposed to aerate your lawn.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Turffiles:Turfgrasses:Bermudagrass
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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so my front lawn is bermuda sod from builder.

not green yet and nothing growing but a little clover.


The back yard was planted with fescu i think by builder and never came up right. I reseeded last year in late march/early april with bermuda and raked it into the soil, watered, then covered with wheat straw. By the end of may, it looked awesome.

As the year went on, it didn't seem like just bermuda and thought maybe it was crabgrass. had the larger blades. but it looked good so i kept it. it was dark green and very nice to walk on. No bare spots as far as i could tell.

over the winter whatever was there died and turned white/tan like the front yard and looked the same. so i assumed it was bermuda. Earlier this year/late winter some of the old stuff disappeared it seems. There is still 75% left. Then i Had green plants coming up and i assumed fescu. I reseeded with more bermuda, fertilized, then covered with wheat straw. Well i found out last night that it's crabgrass. I pulled it up last night and there is some grass here and there under the wheat straw.

So what should my next step be? I am thinking pull the crab grass up as it comes back and reseed the bare spots with more bermuda and cover with more straw.

sound good?

again, my front bermuda lawn is still dormant but has zero crabgrass.

thanks and sorry for the long post!
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