Spring Lawn Conversion In late March or early April, when warming begins, dormant bermuda begins to emerge. Because of the competition between the 2 grasses (Bermuda & Rye) care should be taken to enhance the bermuda while antagonizing the Rye. Keep in mind, the time to change from rye to bermuda is April through May. This can be done by doing the following:
1. Lower your mowing height.
This takes away leaf area from the rye, which causes the rye to use up food reserves in the roots. This is known as burning out. The lower mowing height also opens up the canopy for direct heat absorption, which favors the bermuda grass by warming up the soil.
A light application every 2 weeks of a water soluble nitrogen fertilizer is recommended. This might increase growth of the rye, so an additional mowing in the middle of the week may be necessary. This fertilizer application will weaken the rye grass in addition to reviving the dormant hybrid-
3. Aerification (poking holes in soil).
This is optional, but highly recommended. This should weaken the rye and encourage the hybrid-
4. Reducing Water.
We recommend that you reduce the amount of watering. DO NOT SHUT OFF COMPLETELY! Reducing the amount of water will help to further stress the Rye. Remember, you want to antagonize the rye, and enhance conditions for the bermuda grass. Shutting off the water will definitely damage both grasses.
NOTE: Shaded areas will notoriously hold on to the rye, even sometimes in the heat of mid-
The variety of lawn grass you choose will dictate the maintenance you will need to have a healthy beautiful lawn.
Generally speaking, tif lawns require more maintenance than lowers. It is suggested you use a power reel mower for best results. A mowing height of ½ to ¾ of an inch is recommended: no taller than 1 inch. Because tif lawns have a tendency to produce thatch, it is suggested you dethatch at least once a year, if not twice. Generally this is done in either the spring or fall. Mowing our lawn so it resembles a putting green will require 2-
Midiron is a medium coarse texture grass and has a more open growth characteristic. Therefore you may use a rotary mower with excellent results. Dethatching is recommended, but not as often as tif lawns. Mowing heights can vary from ½ inch to 2 inches.