I dunno. It gets kinda hot in southern Louisiana, doesn't it? And
humid, too? That's a lot for ryegrass or fescue to handle, what with
brown patch, gray leaf spot and all that stuff that just loves heat and
humidity. I would think that there would be an awful lot of
bermudagrass in your area, and maybe some zoysia. What do the other
people in the neighborhood have?
It sure does get extremely hot here.It was low 90's today. It just seems
like I no sooner get one area looking better than another area dies. I
highly believe in mulching. Never did like a regular mower. I'm not sure
what zoysia is. I had gone to the neighborhood seed and feed store and they
only had 2 types. Bermuda and Centipede. I about fell on the floor when he
told me that the Centipede was $32.00 a lb. I jokingly told him that I
didn't want to go out and have to get a loan just to have a pretty yard.
Must be some good stuff, I guess. I
I see alot of St. Augustine grass. Our yard has lots of all kinds of
grass/weeds. My husband said that if I wanted a pretty yard, that I would
have to do the work. He's happy if the yard is just mowed. He said do what I
wanted with the yard as long as it's free. I even dug all along our drive to
help the drainage whenever we get downpours, and used the grass from that
area to patch the yard. I had 3 + wheelbarrows full. Lots of work but worth
it when it starts filling in. I even dug out areas and placed stepping
stones to help with excessive wear.
Any ideas? Thanks for your reply.
Unless you have an irrigation system fescue is never going to make it
long term. Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, or St. Augustine are basically
your choices. St. Augustine is a little disease prone for my book, and
grubs love the stuff. Bermuda seed sounds expensive but the seed is
very small and a pound will go quite a way. If you buy bagged seed
(like Scott's for instance) it should have the application rates (lbs of
seed per 1000 square feet). Zoyzia is also a very good grass but a
little harder to grow. Now is really not the time to plant the warm
season grasses that do well in your area. You want to plant that in the
spring. You could plant some rye grass just to have something green on
the ground till spring. Rye is an annual that really doesn't last more
than a year as you have noticed. Its good to plant if you have an
erosion problem or if you have warm season grass that goes brown in the
fall and you want a green yard in the fall and winter
But you don't live in Louisianan. It's considerably more tropical
(higher heat, humidity and longer summer) in LA than in SC. SC is
firmly in the geographical zone that Fescue grows in. LA is not. You
probably could keep a fescue lawn going in LA but it would require
irrigation in the dry season and yearly over seeding. In other words it
would be a lot of trouble. You would be basically trying to make a
grass grow where it was not intended to. I have a fescue lawn in
northern Alabama and we are frankly borderline for this type grass (and
yes, I go have an in ground irrigation system, without which I would
lose at least 50% of my fescue in July and August. It all depends where
you live as to what grass will do well in your area.
LARRY THE CABLE GUY wrote:
I believe you are right about the irrigation. Most of my family live in SC
and when my sister lived at Lake Bowen they had to pump water from the lake
to irrigate their yard. Here, I do the watering and believe me I hear it
from my hubby about how much the Water bill is. Ha.
Is there another choice for an annual grass. I was pleased with how
quickly the Rye grass came up, but it seems you just look at it and it lays
down. ??? I kept it watered good.
There may be another annual grasses but if so I am not familiar with it.
I do see some people who plant rye every fall in their bermuda lawn
just because they like a green lawn year round. You are correct about
how it "lays down". Rye has very fine blades that tend to just lay over
when you cut it. If you plant it a little earlier in the fall (but
definitely not when daily highs are over 82 or so) you may get it to
thicken up more before the cold weather hits which will greatly slow
down its growth. If so and if you've got a really sharp blade on your
mower you can get it to cut decently. If you are going to do this I
suggest that you bag instead of mulch when cutting the rye. You'll want
to cut it higher than you would cut bermuda. Say 3 inches or so. The
only downside to planting rye in a bermuda lawn is that the dormant
season for bermuda is a great time to take out unwanted weeds. All you
do is wait until the bermuda has gone really dormant (say in February)
and hit anything that is still green with roundup. If it's green it is
not bermuda and roundup will not harm completely dormant grass. The
only danger to this is if you wait too late and the bermuda is just
starting to wake up (about mid to late march here, could be several
weeks earlier for you) then you can do some damage to your lawn. We
always had problems with onions when we had a bermuda lawn and this was
a good way to control them.
Hi, thanks for the help with this. I do keep the blade as sharpened. The
problem I have with the blade, is that they tend to get rusty very quickly.
Is it possible to spray the blade with something? that wouldn't harm the
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