I moved into my new house in north Texas this Feb. It's newlyconstructed house. My builder laid down sod in January. It's Bermudagrass (Tifway 419 Bermuda). Pictures attached.
We had a cold and wet Feb this year so haven't use my sprinkler a lot.
Temperature are getting back to normal now. I read some website and decided to do these for my first year:
1. UseScotts® Halts® & Grassy Weed Crabgrass Preventer now before grassstarts growing. As I am already seeing crabgrass weed in my backyard.
2. Use Scotts® Turf Builder® Weed & Feed in April/May
3. Use Scotts® Southern Turf Builder® with 2% Iron in Jul/Aug
Does this look OK? Any suggestions?
A broad leaf herbicide labeled for bermuda ( 2,4D, MCPP, Diacamba) will take care of most of your winter annuals. The first picture looks like deadnettle or henbit you probably will not get a hundred percent control with a herbicide so you may have to pull some of that by hand. The only thing that concerns me with your bermudagrass are the couple of areas that look matted down and sort of grayish in color if you can comb through those areas and find firm greenish stolons they should be fine, but if the stolons are black and soft then it is probably not going to come back. I would skip the pre emergent this year and just spray any weeds with a post emergent herbicide. Get a soil test to make sure your Ph. and macro nutrients are fine. Fertilize from May to August with one pound per thousand square feet of nitrogen per month.
A few questions. Where in north Texas are you located? Even if you are located in Dallas I don't think you would have any summer annual weeds germinating yet, but if they had germinated they would not be that mature. Can you post a close up of a couple of the weeds for identification? Are you sure the builder told you this turf was 419? The turf in the foreground of the second picture looks like common bermuda. Lastly, is there any green tissue in the stolons and rhizomes? It looks like a couple of spots are starting to green up, but I can't tell if it is algae or turf. You definitely don't want to put down any pre emergent herbicides down until the bermuda roots down and starts to green up. If all the turf greens up and starts growing you will be fine to apply pre emergent. If there are areas that died over the winter applying a pre emergent will impede your ability to grow in any damaged areas. Don't be alarmed even if you did lose some turf over the winter you should be able to recover quickly once the temps warm up.
Thanks joneboy. I live in Frisco, TX. I have attached few photos of weeds for identification.You are correct some spots are starting to green up but mostly everything else is still brown. If no herbicides now, do you recommend anything else I put it now or just wait till all lawn gets green? Let me know if any other suggestions you have.btw I am not sure if turf is 419. That's what noted in builder's brochure so I thought I should mention that in my post.
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Who laid your sod? All those seams from the sod should not be lined up and should have been laid in a brick pattern. It's not a huge mistake, but the reason you lay it in a brick pattern is to keep the sod pieces from shifting.
I would not apply any weed n feed products or pre emergents until your sod has rooted together and you can no longer see the seams in the lawn. Once you start seeing the lawn green up start watering it to keep the soil underneath moist and then you can apply a starter fertilizer or a balanced fertilizer like 10-10-10. You are better off spot spraying the weeds over using a weed n feed product. The weed n feed product don't usually work all that well and cost a lot more. Just be sure not to spray weeds when the temps are over 85F as it may harm your lawn. Once all the seams are gone you can start using the Scott's Turf Builder for the rest of the season. You want to apply 1 lb of Nitrogen every 4-6 weeks, this will help keep the grass healthy and choke out a lot of the weeds.
I noticed few new weed in my new sod lawn. Can you help me identify it? What's the best way to get rid of it? As suggested above do spot spraying or just pull them off?Here are pics:
looks like yellow nutsedge. if it is nutsedge you can use a product called tenacity or sedgehammer
I agree it looks like nutsedge. Nutsedge is a swamp weed, which means that area is really saturated with water. So make sure you are following proper irrigation practices and are not overwatering.
That's not nutsedge. It's way to early to see nutsedge, especially nutsedge that size. Most likely annual ryegrass which you can control pulling it by hand, the herbicide Image, or just let it go it will die by early/mid summer.
Thanks everyone. I removed many pulling it by hand. I'll keep doing it till my grass grows more. I haven't watered my lawn much, it just that it's been a wet March in north Texas and we had lot of snow in Feb. That might be the reason backyard is saturated with water.I am thinking to use "Scotts Turf Builder Starter Food for New Grass (25-25-4)". I am hoping that it might help my new sodded lawn.
Ya it has been a wet Spring so far for us. I am just north of you in Aubrey.My sod looked just like yours and bounced back well. Bermuda is a tough bastard and should be find. Just google the bermuda bible and follow that guide and you'll be good.
Whoever laid your sod, either has no idea what they are doing or are totally lazy beyond belief.
I'd scalp down that yard to the dirt and start fresh turf and get rid of that dead garbage layer. Bermuda is a weed and a buzz wont kill it., I'd also invest in some Celsius for the weeds. A bottle is like $100 but it will last you 15 years. I don't trust sold at box stores.