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Old 04-14-2014, 04:18 PM
 
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any recommendations which grass we should choose between above. per our builder Bermuda is free but if we choose to go with Fescue then we will have to buy irrigation system from him and he is charging about $13, 000 for the irrigation system.

also any idea what will be cost for Sod (Fescue) if we do it through 3rd party (not sure whether builder will allow it). Our total lot area is 0.75 acres. we plan to have irrigation system in the future but through 3rd party after closing. any experience please?
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:04 PM
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I would not put down a fescue lawn this late in the year on a lot that size without an irrigation system. Once the heat starts you are going to run a real risk of loosing some or all of the grass. Irrigation systems aren't cheap, and with .75 acres you will need a reasonable number of zones, so that is going to be a factor.

I know some on here prefer warm-weather grasses. I'm not sure Bermuda is the most popular choice, but I'll let those who have that type of grass respond. I prefer fescue as I like my grass green year-round and run my irrigation system when I need to during the summer.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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I prefer fescue, too, but it's the wrong time of the year to plant it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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If you are laying new sod look into Zoysia. There are several types, Emerald is like a lush carpet, I would say one of the prettiest grasses around.

Zoysia 'Emerald' - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fesuce > Bermuda if you have a LOT of shade. If your lot is mostly sunny Bermuda is a much better choice down here. But I prefer Zoysia if you can take care of it, it's prone to some diseases and doesn't grow back as quickly as Bermuda which you can't keep out of flower beds. Tif 419 is the traditional Bermuda put down in sod form down here, and looks good but needs full sun. Shade tends to thin it out considerably. It's a fairly hardy grass, but the best looking Bermuda lawns will also have irrigation.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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thanks. he is thinking it needs 12 zones for irrigation and asking for $13, 0000 for irrigation plus $4000 extra for Fescue for whole yard.
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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I prefer fescue, too, but it's the wrong time of the year to plant it.
can we leave yard now and do it later. I think Builder will not allow it?
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Old 04-14-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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Don't bother about fescue now. Go with the free Bermuda for a year and, if you decide you detest a dead, depressing awful looking patch of gloomy dried up grass during winter, aim for a switch to fescue come Fall of 2015. Fescue takes a beating in summer and will need an irrigation system for 0.75ac. If you sod fescue now, it will very likely die in summer since it is not tolerant to heat and there isn't enough time for the fescue to establish itself.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:41 PM
 
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Don't bother about fescue now. Go with the free Bermuda for a year and, if you decide you detest a dead, depressing awful looking patch of gloomy dried up grass during winter, aim for a switch to fescue come Fall of 2015. Fescue takes a beating in summer and will need an irrigation system for 0.75ac. If you sod fescue now, it will very likely die in summer since it is not tolerant to heat and there isn't enough time for the fescue to establish itself.
thanks. what about if go with irrigation system with Fescue now. is it feasible option?
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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thanks. he is thinking it needs 12 zones for irrigation and asking for $13, 0000 for irrigation plus $4000 extra for Fescue for whole yard.
How big is your yard? Must be a couple of acres. I have 3 zones in my yard. My last house in Raleigh had 5.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:11 PM
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Go with the free Bermuda for a year and, if you decide you detest a dead, depressing awful looking patch of gloomy dried up grass during winter
Or, you could go back with the Bermuda if you decide you detest a dead, depressing awful looking patch of gloomy dried up fescue during the summer
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