help for a lawn newbie
My small townhouse lawn has suffered from (my) ignorance and inattention. I live in MD z7 with what seems to be rather clayey soil. I took some pictures of it today as well.
From reading some posts and faqs, this weekend I am planning to do the following in this order:
1. weed then water the lawn lightly
2. core-aerate the soil with manual aerator*.
3. hoe up the bald patches
4. mix grass seed** and topsoil/compost*** and spread by hand.
So my questions are:
* Manual aerator - is this done randomly or every few inches?
**grass seed - i dont know what kind of grass i have (not sure if you can tell from the pics). What kind of seed /brand should i get for my southwest-facing completely un-shaded lawn.
***which is better topsoil or compost? mix or spread seed first then the topsoil?
Is my plan ok? I would be grateful for any suggestions. :)
Last year, I hand-hoe'd the bald patches and hand sowed some grass seed, it didnt help. I have never fertilized my lawn (ignorance). I would water it for about 10 minutes every day in summer, twice a day on the crazy hot days.