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Preface: As I'm a first-year enthusiast, PLEASE correct or elaborate on anything I'm messing up or missing.

Came across an interesting read the other day. Many people are familiar with the practice of overseeing bermuda with Perennial Rye Grass during the winter to provide a green/playable surface year-round. Obviously this practice is most commonly performed in sports/recreation turf contexts, but let's face it - here at TLF, we're not like most :cool: . Usually PRG is seeded into Bermuda stands in the fall, but in the spring is "taken out" so that Bermuda will be the only existing grass in the turf. This article advocates for the value in seeding KBG into Bermuda with the intent of creating a sustainable, year-round turf in the transition zone. The idea is that from late fall to early spring, KBG will still provide color and coverage while bermuda is in dormancy; In early fall and late spring, Bermuda and KBG kind of co-exist together, and then during the summer the Bermuda dominates while the KBG may or may not go through extended periods of dormancy, eventually to return to strength as the temps start to drop. From pictures I've seen, the two species visually standing out from one another doesnt seem to be a big issue, though I suppose that's a matter of perspective.

It's easy to see the value in this practice in the transition zone, where neither warm-season or cool-season grasses are truly ideal. My question is does anybody see any value in experimenting with this in regions south of the transition zone? Not so far south that growing KBG becomes all but impossible, but say in the piedmont region. For those of us in this region, is this a viable option for those of us that want year-long green without overseeding in the fall and "killing off" in the spring every year? Potential concerns/ill-effects?

Link to article below - would love to hear everyone's thoughts!

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I haven't read the article yet, but my first thought is you probably don't hear much about it because there are so few locations where it would actually work well.

Another concern would be things like selective post-emergent herbicides. Maybe they exist, but I can't think of any off hand that would be safe for use on both species.

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Tifgrand—7,500 sq/ft—Baroness LM56
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I just skimmed the article and I have to say that I am skeptical about this whole approach as you would always have dormant grass in the lawn so it would never be fully green. Plus they were talking about having to constantly overseed with both types of grasses. Sounds good in theory but I doubt it would work for a home lawn, probably be best for a low end sports field at best.
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