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Winter kill dead Bermuda grass - how can I revitalize it?

Posted by fparente GA (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 7, 14 at 0:34

We purchased our house back in Dec 28 2013 and the builder installed Bermuda grass. We live in Atlanta, GA and had several freezes shortly after they installed the sod. We are now in June and I believe most of my sod is dead (winter kill?) some spots are growing and no longer dormant but 90% dead. I hired a company to spray fertilizer and post emergent as we had weeds to help fix the problem with no success. I watered plenty but the water runs off quickly and does not penetrate. I am able to still pull up the slabs of Bermuda and no roots are connected and they look black underneath and the dead grass just breaks apart in your hands. What would you recommend? Plugs? Seeding? I do not want to spend lots of money (5000 sq ft ) with re-sodding ($200/pallet x8)...I'm fighting with the builder (Dr Horton) to get this replaced but they have mentioned landscaping is not warrantable. Ultimately I want a healthy lawn, want to aerate and sand as necessary to look as great as the pictures above. What steps should I take to get my lawn alive and well ? I read a post about using alfalfa pallets to stimulate root growth? I am new to this and these posts help out tremendously . I appreciate you time and help! All feedback is welcome. Please see the attached picture.

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RE: Winter kill dead Bermuda grass - how can I revitalize it?

There are many approaches. One is to let the grass you have grow in to fill. That might take all season. Another is to pull up the occasional piece of dead sod and replace it with new sod. That will speed up the process of filling in. Another is to pull up the sod and living grass and apply seed on the bare soil. You should know that bermuda seed is all based on common bermuda. Bermuda sod is based on a hybrid bermuda. They don't look alike when you have them together. Sodded bermuda is a clearly superior turf. They don't look very good together, but if you have mostly seeded varieties, then you won't really see the hybrid mixed in. Another possible way is to stolonize. That will be a lot of work. Search this forum for that topic. A guy from Australia wrote in and described it.

Once you have grass established, you should not ever need to aerate or add sand - that is if you are taking care of it properly. Aerating would not hurt anything, but adding sand can be a problem.

Someone else might write in with other ideas. I would suggest doing a little more reading and make a decision. We'd be glad to help you do whatever you decide to do.

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