establishing a lawn from seed and battling bindweed
I have been working on battling off all of the weeds in my yard since they started, primarily henbit at first, which from what I understand is supposed to be sprayed for in the fall, then the bindweed started, which has always overtaken the lawn. This year I decided to get aggressive early on it. In the areas I don't want anything growing such as where I am building a walkway I used Tordon RTU, everywhere else has been glyphosate concentrate, 2,4-d and and a generic version of Escort granules that i mix with 2,4-d and dish soap. What I have been doing is the area that has been worst with bindweed and sand burrs I planted a mixture of some fescue and mostly bermuda grass which has started, but there is also some bindweed poking out, which I hit with roundup spotshot foam to prevent killing the grass, which seems to help. I have not yet spread seeds in most of the yard as with the generic escort I wanted to give it a couple of weeks, plus I am going to cut everything down to ground level and use a tiller as the first 400 square feet I did by hand.
I bought a pound and a half of buffalo grass also which i plan to mix in and put in the sunniest area of the yard, the Tall Fescue I am putting in the shadier areas and bermuda everywhere, just to be able to have grass rather than that ugly bindweed.
Does anyone have any tips on keeping the bindweed under control so it doesn't choke out the grass before it establishes, plus I have no idea how often to use what I have which is Scotts Turfgrower spray which I attach to my hose and otherwise all I have is time released miracle grow and a bag of super phosphate as I had to have it last year for my stevia plants. I have no idea how often to apply the spray, I water it very well daily, about 1/2 inch.
The bindweed here is so bad that I gave up on gardens 2 years ago and went to oak barrels and this year a raised bed. Any ideas would be appreciated, although since I already bought it I am sticking with the bermuda though many may not like it, the fescue as it starts quick and the buffalo for its durability once it is established.