Killing Bermuda Grass / reseeding with Fescue

Asked October 12, 2020, 2:17 PM EDT

Is it too late in season to attempt to kill off Bermuda grass and sow Fescue seed? This is for a landscape island in our cul-de-sac, would it be best to till up and remove weeds and Bermuda grass and then amend with soil and starter fertilizer and apply seed?

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

It's late to do a total kill with Bermuda. Usually that is done in August to allow time to reapply herbicide as Bermuda grass is difficult to kill. Then in September grass seed is applied. The following include our calendar and information on weed control, grass seeding and establishment.

Calendar for care of cool season grasses:

Establishment :



Aeration and coring:

Principles of mowing:

Weed control:

Disease management:

Low maintenance lawn care:

Turf and trees:

If there is anything I can assist you with please let me know!


Carol Wilder

Horticulture Technician

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service

4200 Gardiner View Ave. Suite 101.

Louisville, Ky 40213


Fax 502-569-1680