Hi everyone- let me confess that the errors I’m about to describe were senseless and I am just sick about it. I’m pretty sure the product works- in fact maybe too well! After a massive Herculean effort to dig out the Bermuda grass roots and replace the soil in my 800 sq ft front yard, I installed a turf-type tall fescue (Marathon II). When I tell you that this grass looked so gorgeous, I mean literally people would stop and ask me about it. For the first time I was in love with my lawn. But I was scared out of my mind about the Bermuda grass returning and, upon lifting up various segments of sod, I could see the earliest signs of a sneak attack. Petrified, I applied one round of Pylex/triclopyr. And then, like an idiot, the next day, still fearful that I hadn’t hit it hard enough, I applied a second round.
Well that was a dumb mistake. The lawn took a big hit. The first sign was that growth was arrested. The soil became boggy because it was now being overwatered with little uptake. The lawn itself took on a slightly brownish hue where the lawnmower cuts created exaggerated blade damage. But the worst thing: blades of Bermuda appeared everywhere. It’s not at all that the product didn’t work. It’s that I applied it probably three weeks too early.
So…a few take-homes. Don’t be an idiot like me. Start low and go slow. Especially on sod whose root network is still so fragile no matter how great it looks above ground. The label says “use on actively growing Bermuda” for a reason. It needs the leaves for maximal uptake. Like the video mentions, although quickly, avoid a blanket application for a residential lawn and instead spot treat- which of course means that you have to “see it to treat it”. It’s not a pre-emergent. Reserve a blanket application only for a case of Bermuda that has become disseminated throughout the entire lawn.
I hope this is helpful. I know how desperate we can feel to win the war against Bermuda. But, as “selective” as a product claims to be, grass is, at some point, grass— and you’re going to do damage if you’re not careful. The good news is that this product is likely the best available and the fescue does recover, albeit slowly.
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