New lawn - Help Requested
So! I've decided to whip my lawn into shape after settling into my new home. A few facts you may want to know.
-I'm in Leander, TX 78641(Zone 8 by USDA guide)
-8 months of the year it is pretty warm, mainly 80s some 90s
-Mostly direct sun, shade only provided by my home and fence as the sun moves
-Rain fall is fairly low, not sure on numbers. We get most of our rain in February it seems
-I've got a budget of about $700
To start, I bought the home last year towards the end of the summer. At this time, the contractor put in the bottom of the barrel, $50 a pallet, sod in the front yard. They left the backyard sod-free. After going through fall and coming back into spring, I became tired of staring at a jungle of weeds in my backyard. I'd like to seed new grass, and I have my eye on Bermuda (Princess-77). I'm not adverse to using power equipment or whatever is best for the job, elbow-grease included.
I am including pictures of my lawn soil as well as the current state of the backyard.
I'd like to find out:
-What is recommended to remove the backyard weeds/vegetation so it is ready for seed (Sod Cutter, Napalm, etc)
-What exactly these crazy little yellow ball weeds are
-Should I add any soil to my backyard? (Getting a pH tester today for lime vs. sulphur vs peatmoss)
-Are there any obstacles I'll run into with this type of seed?
-Are there any recommended seed providers? (I've scoped out the following sites for princess.)
It seems to me that most of the backyard is well... sand. Not sure how grass took in the front, but the back just strikes me as horrible. I found some clay-like material as well, but the sand/silt is what concerns me. What should I do there? I plan on using a sod cutter to remove the front sod as well and seed all at once. The back yard is 60 ft long by 45 ft deep (~2700 sq ft), which strikes me as about 9 lbs of seed for the back yard. Measurements for the front are coming.
I've read a lot of different online guides, but I couldn't find two guides that agreed with each other. GW seems to have a lot of great, down-to-earth and knowledgeable people. Help me! I'll check back for responses frequently, your expertise (and time)is greatly appreciated!