Replacing bermuda with fescue
Hello all, I am new to this forum and am seeking good advice about how to handle my problem.
We bought a home in Charlotte in Oct. 2007 with a lawn that had been converted to bermuda by a previous owner. It is the only yard in the neighborhood that has bermuda, and I am concerned primarily about curb appeal when we sell the house next spring/summer. Since the bermuda goes dormant in August and doesn't begin to peak until late May/June around here, the yard looks terrible most of the year! Especially since the neighbors on either side of me have fantastic fescue lawns...
So.... I'm pretty sure I want to convert the bermuda to fescue this fall.
The area I'm going to replace is between 1000-1300 square feet. The area is basically divided into 3 parts:
1. The main section borders the driveway, a sidewalk, a shrub bed (that is bordered with retaining wall block), and a mulch/garden bed (that is bordered with edging block) and about 30 feet of my neighbor's lawn. It has one newly-planted Japanese maple with edging block around it.
2. The second biggest area is an L-shape that borders already-established fescue, a fence, and the house/deck. There are a couple of established trees in the middle of the main part that are about 6-8' tall and one 7' tree on the side of the "L".
3. The smallest section is a thin strip bordering my neighbor's yard, a sidewalk, the driveway, and a mulched shrub bed/ rock walkway.
Based on some recommendations and some research, my initial plan is this:
1. Spray the bermuda with Roundup (or a commercial chemical) the first week of July.
2. Spray it again the first week of August.
3. During the first week or two of September, either till the dead bermuda or maybe get a gas powered sod cutter.
4. Level the turf with soil and raking/spreading.
5. Seed and fertilize. Water daily for 3 weeks, 15 minutes daily at 5am.
Thoughts, comments, suggestions? I have ****GOT**** to get this right because if the new lawn installation doesn't take or if the bermuda comes back it's going to kill my curb appeal for a possible market listing in March or April 2010.
Based on this information, does my plan sound like a good one? Would I be better off tilling or using a sod cutter? (I have cable, water, and electrical lines in 2 of the 3 affected parts of the yard).
All comments and suggestions are welcome! Thanks for any advice!