Lawn Renovation Project- Help!
This is my first time on this forum, or any forum for that matter. As I have looked for solutions to my problems I have often been pointed to this website so I thought I would give it a try.
Here is my dilemma- My wife and I purchased our home in Northern Utah last November. When spring rolled around I began to notice patches of prickly grass that started popping up taller than my normal grass (KBG). I tried pulling some of it out and found that it was attached to a vine that ran beneath the surface. At first I didnÃ¢ÂÂt think it was a big deal but the more the weather warmed up, the worse it got. It was popping up everywhere.
I decided to have a professional come out and he informed me that it was Bermuda Grass. His advice was simple- Ã¢ÂÂyou need to make peace with it or start overÃ¢ÂÂ. I decided to start over.
For the remainder of the summer we applied Killzall every couple of weeks (4-5 total applications). We went all the way into fall before the Bermuda finally stopped popping up. That stuff is nasty resilient! Hopefully we got it all and it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt just the cool weather that caused it to go dormant. It was pretty minimal for the last couple applications.
After the first application ran its course, I set the lawnmower to the lowest setting and scalped the entire yard. After the last application I rented a power-rake and raked the whole yard as well. We were able to remove a lot of dead grass but a lot still remains.
So here I am, waiting for winter to end and wondering how best to proceed come spring.
Help me forum! Everybody I talk to has a different idea and most of them seem to be guesses at best. We want to lay sod (KBG) this spring.
What I really want to know is- Can I continue to rake out the dead grass until there is semi-decent soil contact or does the dead grass need to be completely removed? I donÃ¢ÂÂt have the $/resources to take the sod-cutter approach. Do I need to bring in dirt? Should I till? I was kind of hoping I could just lay the new sod on top of the dead, thinned out sod. Is this a possibility?
Thank you in advance for your knowledge!
This post was edited by UtahUtah on Tue, Jan 14, 14 at 19:09