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Bermuda_Rooster's New Lawn, 2020 Journal

Post by Bermuda_Rooster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:56 pm

Hello all. We are moving to our new house very soon, and finally we have a yard-- sort of.

What we have is about 800 sq ft sodded with dormant 419 in the front, and 1700 sq ft seeded ( :lol: )with annual rye in the back. Pics of the lawn, such as it is, are below and will serve as a reference point going forward.

The 2020 plan is as follows:
  1. January: Move in
  2. February: Fill gaps in sod with sand for leveling/moisture retention purposes
  3. February/March: Do a legit seeding of annual rye in the back as temporary Spring groundcover
  4. May: Kill annual rye and any weeds; seed the back with La Prima XD Bermuda
  5. Try to get as much root growth and seam fill-in as possible the rest of 2020 and wait til 2021 to think about leveling
Any thoughts, suggestions, or advice are more than welcome. I look forward to keeping up with this journal.

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Post by SC Grass Loon » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:39 pm

If it were me and that sod was laid dormant and shows no root growth I would attempt to flatten the area in which it was laid now. In my opinion it is easier to do before the sod has taken root than after through top dressing. I think your idea of getting the edges of each piece to be more level or seamless is also good. I would also look at correct any potential drainage issues - you could route the gutter under ground to the sidewalk or street. Best of luck with the move.

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Post by Bermuda_Rooster » Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:29 pm

SC Grass Loon wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:39 pm
If it were me and that sod was laid dormant and shows no root growth I would attempt to flatten the area in which it was laid now. In my opinion it is easier to do before the sod has taken root than after through top dressing. I think your idea of getting the edges of each piece to be more level or seamless is also good. I would also look at correct any potential drainage issues - you could route the gutter under ground to the sidewalk or street. Best of luck with the move.
Good point! It's been so warm it wouldn't surprise me if there is a little root growth going on now, but I will try to correct any major problems before it roots once we are moved in and it dries out a little from the torrential rains we have seen lately.

Thanks for the feedback and the well wishes. Fingers crossed we don't run into any major problems!

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Post by Dangerlawn » Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 pm

Looking forward to seeing your results. I seeded La Prima XD in my backyard last spring, and it did pretty dang good. It spreads and grows really fast. If you have dogs, it should fill it pretty easily from any damage they do. My only suggestion would be to buy more seed than you expect to use because more than likely you'll want to throw down more seed.

For a lawn that size, you could totally get by with a push reel mower.

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Post by Bermuda_Rooster » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:01 pm

Dangerlawn wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Looking forward to seeing your results. I seeded La Prima XD in my backyard last spring, and it did pretty dang good. It spreads and grows really fast. If you have dogs, it should fill it pretty easily from any damage they do. My only suggestion would be to buy more seed than you expect to use because more than likely you'll want to throw down more seed.

For a lawn that size, you could totally get by with a push reel mower.
Thanks for the tip re: seed. Do you mind sharing where you got yours? I still have to buy it and the annual rye.

Also, I totally plan to use a push reel-- a 7-blade Earthwise, most likely. Most of the lawns around us will be even smaller than ours but I can almost guarantee I'll be the only one using a manual push reel.

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Post by Teej » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:51 pm

Just a heads up that the 7-blade Earthwise will start floating on your bermuda pretty quick. It's a great manual reel, but I found myself almost completely leaning on it to make sure I was getting proper cuts. Upgrading to a powered reel for this season.

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Post by Dangerlawn » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:00 pm

Bermuda_Rooster wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:01 pm
Dangerlawn wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:11 pm
Looking forward to seeing your results. I seeded La Prima XD in my backyard last spring, and it did pretty dang good. It spreads and grows really fast. If you have dogs, it should fill it pretty easily from any damage they do. My only suggestion would be to buy more seed than you expect to use because more than likely you'll want to throw down more seed.

For a lawn that size, you could totally get by with a push reel mower.
Thanks for the tip re: seed. Do you mind sharing where you got yours? I still have to buy it and the annual rye.

Also, I totally plan to use a push reel-- a 7-blade Earthwise, most likely. Most of the lawns around us will be even smaller than ours but I can almost guarantee I'll be the only one using a manual push reel.
I got mine here:

https://hancockseed.com/products/laprim ... grass-seed

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Post by Dangerlawn » Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:02 pm

Teej wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:51 pm
Just a heads up that the 7-blade Earthwise will start floating on your bermuda pretty quick. It's a great manual reel, but I found myself almost completely leaning on it to make sure I was getting proper cuts. Upgrading to a powered reel for this season.
Yeah I had the same issue. It only mowed well if I was at an inch. Anything lower and it had a lot of washboarding and would sort of get stuck cutting grass.

I upgraded to powered reel this week and it's amazing! But I still plan to use the manual reel from time to time.. and in places where I don't want to cut super low.

Don't let any of this scare you off of buying one though. You can get a good cut from these. Just do it often.
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Re: Bermuda_Rooster's New Lawn, 2020 Journal

Post by Bermuda_Rooster » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:25 am

Dangerlawn wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:00 pm
I got mine here:

https://hancockseed.com/products/laprim ... grass-seed
Thanks! That's where I first inquired, so I'll stick with them.
Teej wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:51 pm
Just a heads up that the 7-blade Earthwise will start floating on your bermuda pretty quick. It's a great manual reel, but I found myself almost completely leaning on it to make sure I was getting proper cuts. Upgrading to a powered reel for this season.
Dangerlawn wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:02 pm
Yeah I had the same issue. It only mowed well if I was at an inch. Anything lower and it had a lot of washboarding and would sort of get stuck cutting grass.

I upgraded to powered reel this week and it's amazing! But I still plan to use the manual reel from time to time.. and in places where I don't want to cut super low.

Don't let any of this scare you off of buying one though. You can get a good cut from these. Just do it often.
Thanks for the info. I don't plan on going below 1" anyway. If I did want to occasionally go lower, is there another manual reel that would perform better at lower cuts? I don't have the desire to shell out for a powered reel. My lawn budget is pretty low.

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Post by Dangerlawn » Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:09 am

All my research pointed to the earthwise 7 blade being the best option for a manual reel on Bermuda grass. The fiskars is also really nice but the extra blades are supposed to really help on Bermuda. I’ve also seen some people use this same 7 blade mower to get down to a half inch with no problems, so your mileage may vary. I think it depends on the thickness of your lawn and variety of Bermuda. I don’t know if any other push reel that performs better low. A lot of the different brands are actually made by the same company with different logos.

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Post by Bermuda_Rooster » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:12 pm

Dangerlawn wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:09 am
All my research pointed to the earthwise 7 blade being the best option for a manual reel on Bermuda grass.
Cool. We'll see how it goes. The first test will likely be annual rye later this Spring, so I have no idea how it will work on that.

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Post by Teej » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:19 pm

Dangerlawn wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:09 am
All my research pointed to the earthwise 7 blade being the best option for a manual reel on Bermuda grass. The fiskars is also really nice but the extra blades are supposed to really help on Bermuda. I’ve also seen some people use this same 7 blade mower to get down to a half inch with no problems, so your mileage may vary. I think it depends on the thickness of your lawn and variety of Bermuda. I don’t know if any other push reel that performs better low. A lot of the different brands are actually made by the same company with different logos.
@Bermuda_Rooster, I took my lawn down to about .5" yesterday with no problems from my Earthwise. Mind you the grass is not growing. I don't know if this would have been possible during the growing season. As far as push reels go, I've read good things about the McLane push reels as well because they are heavier units.

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