Bermuda Grass Seed Kit
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Fall, not spring, is the time to rejuvenate your summer-stressed lawn. It’s additionally the best time to put in a new one. Cooler acclimate gives fescue the time to bore acceptable roots afore summer’s calefaction arrives.
Warm-season lawns like Bermuda can be sodded now through December and do fine; seeds are best sown in the May-June timeframe.
Here’s a abrupt agenda of what to do with a cool-season fescue lawn:
First, annihilate off any weeds, application a artefact like Roundup. If your backyard is 50 percent or added weeds, accommodate the complete area.
AERATE AND SEED
Early September, aerate your lawn, abnormally if you accept pets and accouchement that use it a lot, causing compacted soil.
Put bottomward an extension-recommended berry some time amid Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, but no after than the end of October. For recommended fescue seeds, see dailypress.com/turfseeds
Apply a 10-10-10, alleged a counterbalanced fertilizer, or article agnate in three applications, timed 30 canicule apart, afore December.
Got a problem? Working beneath the advice of Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension agents and a accidental of adept gardeners in your breadth can acknowledgment your agronomical questions. Among the aids they can accommodate are chargeless agronomical literature, workshops and soil-test kits ($7). Aloof accelerate your sample off to Virginia Tech for assay and recommendations.
Here’s how to acquaintance your extension/master agriculturalist office:
Gloucester. Extension abettor Megan Schneider (also serves Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William and Essex counties), 7400 Carriage Court; 804-693-2602; adept gardeners hot band 804-693-1267. www.gloucesterva.info/ext/mastergardener/home.htm
Hampton. Extension abettor Scott Ewers, 101 N. Armistead Ave., Suite 200; 727-1401; adept gardeners hot band 727-1397.
James City County. Extension abettor Leanne DuBois, 3127 Forge Road; 566-1367; jccwmg.orgIsle of Wight. Extension abettor Glenn Rountree, 17100 Monument Circle, Suite B; 365-6262.Mathews. 484 Main St.; 804-725-7196.
Middlesex. 44 Oaks Landing Road (courthouse); 804-758-4120 or 804-758-4355.
Newport News. Horticulture programs coordinator Peggy Fox, 739 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 1009; 591-4838; www.nnmastergardeners.org
Suffolk. Extension abettor Rex Cotten, 440 Market St.; 923- 2050/51; adept gardeners hot line, 923-2055.
York County. Extension abettor Jim Orband, 100 County Drive; 890-4940; yorkcounty.gov/vce
Visit Virginia Cooperative Extension online at ext.vt.edu; its accommodation armpit is vtturf.com.
MORE Q&A WITH GOATLEY
Q. Are there abatement things I should do to my Bermuda, or any warm-season backyard to beforehand its health?
A. Ensure that clay potassium (K) levels are acclimatized according to clay analysis results. Potash is the “winterizer” nutrient. Refrain from advancing N, or nitrogen, fertilization in September. Let the bulb get accessible for winter cessation by starting to put abroad aliment affluence rather than expending them.
Raising the mowing acme on warm-season grasses as temperatures air-conditioned is addition acceptable action to beforehand winter hardiness. If you’re not overseeding with ryegrass, a abatement pre-emergent herbicide (same types of abstracts acclimated for bounce crabgrass control) can be activated in the aboriginal brace of weeks of September to ascendancy the beginning winter anniversary edger circuitous (henbit, deadnettle, geranium, chickweeds, etc).
Another action to ascendancy in beforehand is backyard burweed/spurweed… a PRE affairs is a abundant way to annihilate this aching pest.
NOTE: PRE herbicides can not be activated for abatement seedings of cool-season grasses.
Q. Should I overseed my Bermuda backyard with anniversary rye or is there article bigger I can do, like abiding rye?
A. The above acumen bodies don’t use added warm-season grasses for lawns is their winter cessation period. The accident of blooming blush is abominable in agreement of what is admired as a “quality lawn.” However, Hampton Roads homeowners should pay absorption to the affection of cool-season lawns this winter as well… from mid-December through February, it is absolutely acceptable that fescues aren’t attractive so acceptable either, but their accident of blush is not as complete as for warm-season lawns.
I acerb abash overseeding any warm-season grass added than Bermuda and alike it struggles due to the furnishings of the overseeding abutting spring. Winter overseeding with ryegrasses is primarily for aesthetics. Research has not activate the ryegrasses to accommodate apparent temperature modification furnishings on warm-season grasses and the antagonism in the bounce from the aggressively growing ryegrass over top of the aloof arising warm-season accommodation makes it actual difficult for the warm-season grass to resume alive advance from dormancy.
Annual ryegrasses are cheaper to overseed based on berry cost, but usually crave added accepted mowing. They additionally tend to die/transition added bound in the bounce than abiding ryegrasses.
Perennial ryegrasses usually accept a added blooming color, not absolutely as fast growing, and tend to attempt best in the bounce with the transitioning warm-season grass. They are usually overseeded in the Hampton Roads breadth from the end of September through mid-October at 5 pounds per 1,000 aboveboard feet. The overseeded is annihilation added than a competitor, or a weed. I don’t say this to abash overseeding, because it does accommodate some of the prettiest accommodation of the division in mid-spring. But the antagonism of the two grass systems can’t be abandoned because/c there has to be a “down time” in accommodation actualization and affection back a two grass arrangement is employed.
Today’s Bermuda grasses are appreciably bigger in affection than the earlier ones… abundant bigger texture, some with decidedly bigger algid tolerance, greater density. They still are absolutely advancing and can become a edger anywhere they are not desired, but they accept appear a continued way from the acceptable “wiregrass” that anybody assembly with abounding of the accepted Bermuda grass ecotypes that are activate all beyond Virginia.
Q. What are the best grass seeds to abound in a adumbral lawn?
In Hampton Roads, turf-type alpine fescues are acceptable the best acclimatized grasses for allotment shade/sun lawns (four to six hours of light). If it is abysmal shade, accomplished fescues ability abide in low aliment situations breadth an awfully aerial affection accommodation is not the expectation. While it is about a vegetative-only accustomed turf, St. Augustine is the above best for black lawns for warm-season turfgrasses in the area.
Q. What are the best grass seeds to abound in a brilliant lawn?
Any turfgrass we about abound in Virginia prefers abounding sun as compared to black conditions. However, alpine fescue (and alpine fescue additional amalgam bluegrass according to our basic after-effects at the Hampton Roads Agricultural and Research Extension Center in Virginia Beach) is the best acclimatized cool-season best in abounding sun due to its abysmal base system. Bermuda grass has the centermost base arrangement of the warm-season grasses, but about any of them (zoysia, centipede, or St. Augustine) will usually do able-bodied in a archetypal Hampton Roads summer.
Q. What backyard ache should homeowners anguish about?
By far the better is amber application (Rhizoctonia blight). It’s a above ache of accent on alpine fescue, additionally shows up in centipede, zoysia and St. Augustine, although it rarely kills.
Tall fescue is acutely affected to amber application because of the ambiance to activate with. Advancing bounce nitrogen fertilization, which is apparently the better contributor to austere problems on an anniversary basis, additionally promotes amber patch.
Bermuda Grass Seed Kit