Ridding St. Augustine of Bermudagrass
The following was written by my friend Randy Lemmon of
radio station KPRC 950 AM in Houston. Great show called GardenLine.
For more great articles from Randy,
In Texas, the vast majority of the lawns are of the St. Augustine variety.
There are some Bermuda-based lawns, however, along with some of Zoysia, and
very few (if any) Centipede. Most
people with St. Augustine yards have bits and pieces of Bermuda, but some
are overwhelmed with it. The obvious answer to removing Bermuda is to kill
it, till it and replace it with new sod. But that's usually just for extreme
cases where the Bermuda is absolutely solid. In most cases ... where there
is a mix of Bermuda and St. Augustine ... cultural practices will help St.
Augustine win the battle. Simply mowing properly is the answer nine in 10
times. If you mow as tall as your mower will allow, the St. Augustine will
almost always crowd out the Bermuda. Conversely, if you want to accelerate
the Bermuda, mow shorter and more often — then the Bermuda will win.
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