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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