Well it’s finally finished! It was not easy and I would not recommend it for everyone, but it is possible to get rid of Bermuda grass.
When we first started, here is what we were dealing with:
Now Bermuda grass is notorious for being one of the most hardy grasses, which you are pretty much stuck with it unless one is willing to go to EXTREME measures (along the lines drenching it in gasoline and setting it ablaze). However, we were feeling up for a challenge =). *I will caution that this method does use chemicals, which did not make my wife happy, but we were warned that the alternatives were seriously labor intensive.
Here are the tools/equipment needed:
- Backpack sprayer:
-Round Up: 3 spray sessions over a 3 week period. Helpful tip: Put in some blue dye so that you can see what areas are being covered as you spray
- Sod Cutter set at the lowest depth. I went to our local Cresco to get one like this:
Here is an in progress shot of using the sod cutter. Warning this is back breaking work:
*Note that the Round Up has already taken effect.
- A large haul away dumpster – Careful, they charge by the pound and sod is HEAVY, therefore you can only fill up like a third of the dumpster
- A large tiller once the sod is removed you have to go down about 6-10 inches to get down to the roots or stolons.
- 2 dump trucks worth of compost to till into the dirt underneath the Bermuda sod – Here is an in-progress shot:
- A Chiropractor – Did I mention that it’s back breaking work…
- After about 3 months, we finally got rid of our Bermuda grass. Our intent was to replace it with something super low maintenance and less of a water hog. What could be lower maintenance than “No-Mow” fescue:
We have received multiple compliments since we finished this project and thinking back when we decided to do this project, I’m glad we did as I have not had to mow the lawn since =) This project is a 9 out of 10 in terms of how difficult it is, but the payoff is oh so sweet!