Changing Bermuda into Fescue Grass is a transition process and August is the month to start. The best, most effective and economical way of transitioning is to spray the lawn areas that you want to convert with a Glyphosate (herbicide) type product, like RoundUp. Roundup will kill actively growing Bermuda Grass and weeds that are currently established. A few rounds may need to be applied, and patience will be necessary because results aren’t immediate. Once the Roundup has been activated, in early October the lawn should be mowed short and grass clippings collected so that over-seeding of Fescue grass can begin. Best practices of over-seeding would be to use a seed spreader versus broadcasting by hand as this will ensure an even spread.
What are the Benefits of Bermuda Grass?
- Bermuda is the most common form of grass in North America.
- It is one of the most diversified grasses available which allows for a multitude of hybrids.
- It can be used for high maintenance and low maintenance needs, from highly groomed golf courses, to pastures for livestock.
- Bermuda spreads by reproduction, meaning it is very easy to take care of for a plush yard.
What are the Benefits of Fescue Grass?
- Fescue is course in nature, making it perfect for Oklahoma’s tough winters.
- It’s fast germination provides an excellent solution when it comes to erosion control.
- Fescue is perfect for playgrounds and heavy foot traffic areas
- Stays green all year.
Having Bermuda in the summer and Fescue in the winter should provide a continuously green and durable yard year round. As long as mowing, fertilizing, and watering guidelines are followed, your home should be the envy of the neighborhood.
Smaller yards transitions are doable for the go-getter homeowner, but for bigger yards, golf courses and businesses, professional help would be advised. Galt Landscape can help with the transition process for your project.