Lawn Preparation To Replace Bermuda Grass

  1. BERMUDA GRASS WILL BECOME COMPLETELY DORMANT IN THE WINTER. THE PROCESS BEGINS AS THE DAYS GET SHORT. IT IS USELESS TO TRY TO REPLACE BERMUDA GRASS AS IT BEGINS TO BECOME DORMANT. THESE INSTRUCTIONS APPLY FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER WHEN BERMUDA GRASS IS IN ACTIVE GROWTH.
  2. Spray entire lawn area with Roundup.
  3. When grass turns brown, water the area to encourage any remaining Bermuda grass to sprout.
  4. Spray area with Roundup a second time and water again as in Step 2.
  5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 a third time, if necessary, to completely eradicate the Bermuda grass.
  6. Skim off old lawn to a depth of 3 inches and discard. See Step 14 below.
  7. Cover the area with 2-3 inches of Master Nursery Gold Rush soil amendment. Add Gypsum at the rate of 5 lbs. per 100 square feet.
  8. Scatter Master Nursery Master Start over area at the rate of 10 lbs. per 500 square feet and rototill soil. Rototill the Master Nursery Gold Rush, Gypsum and Master Nursery Master Start amendments to a minimum depth of 6-8 inches although rototilling to the depth of 10-12 inches is preferable.
  9. Level the area.
  10. Install sprinkler system if desired.
  11. Water thoroughly to encourage weeds and weedy grasses to sprout. Repeat every 3 to 4 days for 2 weeks.
  12. Spray with Roundup to kill all weeds.
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 if necessary.
  14. Level again. Area should be rolled or dragged at least three times to get a good grade.
  15. Apply sod or seed.
  • The soil layer in the sod will be 3/4 inch thick. Be sure to calculate that measurement into steps 5 and 6 above.
  • Scatter seed with spreader at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 square feet and cover with a thin layer (1/2 inch) of Master Nursery Forest Blend or Gardener’s Gold Potting Soil.
  • Roll sod or seed with a roller to ensure good contact with the prepared bed.
  • Water seeded lawn twice daily and sodded lawn once a day until the lawn is 2 inches tall.
  • Fertilize after one month with Master Green Lawn Food.  

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