Sunday, July 14, 2013

Riviera Bermudagrass Seeding - Warm Weather Encourages Growth in Central Indiana

Finally, warmer weather has begun to arrive in central Indiana.  Fall use bermudagrass fields are showing signs of growth.  Cooler temps have caused bermudagrass to be slow to grow this spring/early summer.

One grow-in project the J&D Turf team is working on this summer is the grow-in of the varsity football field at Fountain Central High School.  The field was seeded and late May and the cool start to summer caused a slow grow-in.  With the warmer reps, the field has begun to grow rapidly.  Here are a few photos:

Here is a close up taken on June 22, 2013 - Germination has just begun - 30 days behind 2012 germination patterns:

The field on June 27, 2013:

The field on July 4, 2013 - QuinPro application for crabgrass and SedgeHammer for yellow nutsedge:

The field 5 days later - July 9, 2013 - after 2.5 lbs of 21.0.0 over a 10 day period:

Bottom line, with a Riviera bermudgrass seed establishment is to control 3 main items:

1. Irrigation/Plant Stress - DO NOT let the plant/seedlings dry
2. Weed Control - Control crabgrass and nutsedge early and often
3. Fertilize - Use Ammonium Sulfate - don't be afraid to fertilize at 1 lb/N/1,000 sq ft/wk until the surface has 100% cover (DO NOT over fertilize late in the summer Aug 15-Sept 15)

Check back as updates on the field will be posted frequently.

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Play on!

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