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Starting this journal to further solidify myself as a lawn nerd.

Location: St. Louis, MO - Transition Zone - HOT summers, mild winters w/ occasional snow
Current turfgrass: Mix of PRG, KBG, and GCI/Mountain View Seed TTTF cultivars
Direction: Front yard faces south, back yard faces north
Size: 4.5k sqft
Shade: Only on the east/west sides of the house between mine and the neighbors
Irrigation: Kind of - I use these for most of the yard: LG3HE In-Ground Impact Sprinkler | Rain Bird
* Hint: Look on Amazon as you can usually buy them far cheaper there

Background: We will have owned the home for 2 years this June. It's a cool season lawn that checks out mid summer - especially in the front - with no shade and brutal heat/humidity. The prior owners sodded the yard 5 years ago but did nothing to maintain it so I've done 2 fall overseeds to date to bring it back a bit. I also have typical new construction soil that was essentially all clay so I've got to improve that as well.

Plan: Convert to hybrid bermuda - either Iron Cutter or Tahoma 31 - via sprigging. The sides between houses may just stay PRG/KBG/TTTF as they do alright there and will fair better than any warm season with shade.

Dilemma: Iron Cutter Bermuda (by Mountain View) is available early June and local. Tahoma31 is the only other local bermudagrass available, but it's new to the sod farm and won't be ready here until mid-late July. My concern is if I wait for Tahoma31, it may not establish well enough before dormancy - I have a test plot in the front hell strip with plugs and they went dormant in mid-September after planting them on 7/5. And if I'm being honest - I just don't want to wait that long to convert the yard. They're both great cultivars with improved cold tolerance so I don't think I can go wrong. Any input from experts would be appreciated. I'm probably going to do just the front for now because that's what everyone sees and I'm trying to keep the costs to a dull roar while we also get bids to finish our basement.

For now, here's some photos of the yard from last fall.

Cloud Sky Building Plant Window

Sky Cloud Atmosphere Plant Daytime

Sky Plant Natural landscape Land lot Grass

Plant Window Land lot Building Grass
 

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Looks good.

How brutal is the Humidity? Just asking because to throw a spanner in the works.

Did you have any thought on a nice Zoysia Lawn. More the humidity the more it grows like couch / bermuda
 

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Looks good.

How brutal is the Humidity? Just asking because to throw a spanner in the works.

Did you have any thought on a nice Zoysia Lawn. More the humidity the more it grows like couch / bermuda
The humidity can get bad - windows fogged up at 6am sometimes. Swampass is a regular thing around here - lots of Gold Bond…lol.

I did consider Zoysia. Some of the Japonicas are absolutely beautiful, but there’s something about the bermuda that just draws me in.
 

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Still on the fence between T31 and IC. Can’t sprig T31 until early August with vacation and the newest farm’s sod availability. IC is ready early June. If both were ready early June, I’d go T31 because I like its “electric” color - it’s insane.

Anyway, here’s the plan for this year:

  • Glyphosate the cool season turf x2
  • Scalp/bag with the rotary mower
  • Aerate + remove cores
  • Topdress with compost from Big Yellow Bag (I have low organic matter now with newer construction clay and will eventually add sand - I’m pretty level now anyway) at 1 cubic yard/1k
  • Sprig 1 pallet into 1k sq ² (it’ll be thick and fill nicely)
  • Water water water

NOTE: IC pallets are 360 ft ² and T31 pallets are 500 ft ²…not sure why IC is only 36, but they’ll both be thick either way
 

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Plot twist…

I’m set on Tahoma31. Local place now doesn’t know when they’ll have it ready this summer and golf courses are already lined up for it. It also only comes in giant rolls for now - no pallets of sod.

So now my attention has turned to getting sod from either Poinsett Turfgrass in AR, or Winstead in TN. I’m having a hell of a time finding someone with a truck willing to drive my crazy *** down there to pickup sod because my 2019 Honda Accord can’t haul anything. So now I’m thinking about trading in for a truck. I’ve been itching for a newer ride anyway…

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