Plan for re-establishing my Bermuda in Texas
I'm coming up on my third summer now in this house, and I'm working to get my lawn re-established. I've tried unsuccessfully for two seasons, and I've now started to do more research. I've read the lawn bermuda bible on here along with the A&M Horticulture document.
I live in the north-Dallas area, and wanted to check my plan to see if I'm going down the right path. My yard is mainly Bemuda (or weeds that look like it) with Feschue patches under an Oak Tree. Perennial Rye pops up around this time of year as well. I have many completely bare dirt areas to under Oak Trees.
Here's my plan:
This weekend: Apply a Spring Pre-Emergent (Scotts Turfbuilder which is 30-0-4) - I know I'm probably a few weekends late on this one
Mid- to Late-March: Apply Spring Fertilizer (Scotts TurfBuilder Plus2 Weed Control which is 28-1-4)
Every 4-6 weeks through August: Continue applying fertilizer (A Nitrogen-only or low phosphorous (21-3-6 or 15-0-15 - does anyone have a product recommendations for this?)
In late September, I'll apply a Fall Fertilizer and Pre-Emergent (Scotts Winterguard which is 26-2-12)
Does this seem like a reasonable fertilization plan? Should I be using this Scotts fertilizer or are there other better options? I just buy this at my local Home Depot.
Something I'm debating is if I should Aerate or Overseed. I've got a *very* patchy lawn, especially in the front. Are there any good guides to doing this? My main questions:
- Would I overseed Bermuda in the sunny spots and the Feschue under my Oak tree?
- Do I need to do anything to re-establish the grass in completely bare areas? I have parts that only have dirt and maybe some Rye will pop up around this time of year.
Thanks for any input you guys can give!