did i kill my bermuda

mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)March 28, 2011

well I may have goofed. couple of weeks ago I had to drain my above ground pool. My drain hose was plenty long enough to get to the street, except that about half way through draining I had to move the pump and the hose ended up on the lawn beside the drive. The problem is I didnt think about the fact my pool is a salt pool. There was no other chemicals in the pool at the time of draining. I didnt test for chlorine since I hadnt ran the generator for months, I assume it had all leached out especially since the water was green as grass.

Id say about 2,000 gallons was drained onto the lawn which does slope very well towards the street. Now that the bermuda is coming out of dormancy the area that got all the water is a yellowish green while the rest is dark green.

Should I water this area heavily to "wash" out the presumably high salt concentration. The salt concentration in the water should have been about 3.0 ppm.

thanks

mike

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texas-weed(7A)

Yes purge the soil with lots of water, the grass will come back.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 12:00PM
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goren

Considering the chemical would have dissipated strength over winter, I cant see the lawn being affected by it.
Sure, purge the lawn of what you think might have made it to the roots but chances are the yellow is just from the amount of water--with salt--rather than any chlorine affect.
I agree, your lawn should come back but I'd be looking for when I should put a good nitrogen fertilizer down.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 4:32PM
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texas-weed(7A)

Goren salt is the problem, not chlorine. He had a salt water pool.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 4:35PM
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mksmth zone 6b Tulsa Oklahoma(6b)

thanks for the advice! I will purge it soon. Hopefully we get some rain to save some $ for water.

Thanks

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 5:04PM
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texas-weed(7A)

May I ask why a salt water pool in OK?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 10:49PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

From what I've seen around the forums, bermuda is not very salt tolerant. You may have a problem.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2011 at 11:50PM
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texas-weed(7A)

From what I've seen around the forums, bermuda is not very salt tolerant

Dave you are correct Bermuda is sensitive to salt, but so are most other grasses. The encouraging part is the OP states the grass is yellow-green which means alive.

At any rate there is only 1 solution, well just one that most folks can afford as opposed to excavation, is to purge the salt by flushing it out with water.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 11:09PM
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dchall_san_antonio(8 San Antonio)

Yup! Purge.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 11:52AM
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