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Old 04-08-2008, 04:12 PM
 
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My neighbor has some patches zoysia in his lawn and it is still brown. I'm just wondering if this is typical for zoysia and Bermuda lawns in the Triangle area at this point in April. I am a fan of conserving water by planting warm season grasses, but I am a little shocked at how many months out of the year his lawn appears to be dormant.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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One of our neighbors has either zoysia or bermuda and it is still very brown and extremely ugly.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Our neighbor has bermuda and theirs is pretty much still brown.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:32 PM
 
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We have zoysia. It's not as green as it will be in a month but it's definitely not brown. It's totally green, just not that thick very dark green color yet.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:49 PM
 
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We have Bermuda and its starting to green up. Its not totally brown and not totally green either. Yeah it can look ugly in the winter, but for us the positive outweigh the brown dormant color.

- no need to water after the first season of the install
-no need to aerate and seed in fall
- only need to mow about once every other week, sometimes less depending on rain.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:39 PM
 
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Default Zoysia / Bermuda Greenup

When I moved here I wondered the same thing. Just casual observations over the last 5 years indicate they green-up about the first or second week of May.

Of course that depends on temperatures and what cultivar/hybrid you have.

My goal is to eventually replace my fescue with zoysia. There are some new cultivars now available that are suited to this area.

In other regions, I have overseeded with annual ryegrass in the Fall to have a green lawn all winter. Not sure how that works here however.
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Old 04-08-2008, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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When I moved here I wondered the same thing. Just casual observations over the last 5 years indicate they green-up about the first or second week of May.

Of course that depends on temperatures and what cultivar/hybrid you have.

My goal is to eventually replace my fescue with zoysia. There are some new cultivars now available that are suited to this area.

In other regions, I have overseeded with annual ryegrass in the Fall to have a green lawn all winter. Not sure how that works here however.
I understand that is possible here, but I think you can't do it the first Fall after you put it in (don't know why though).
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Old 04-08-2008, 07:46 PM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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It's certainly difficult to argue that Fescue doesn't look excellent nearly all of the time. At least when well cared for. It's just such a resource hogging grass. Sounds like some biotech company needs to invent an ever-green Bermuda hybrid.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:15 PM
 
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New home with Bermuda sod in the front. Sod was put down early December and is starting to green up except on the north side.
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