New Bermuda Vs Spurge(title fight!)
Been checking out this forum for a while but I finally decided to post cuz I need some help. My main question is about getting rid of(or getting most rid of) the spurge on my new princess-77 lawn. Here' the facts below.My main question is at the bottom if you wanna skip the 'facts' part.
-I live in Dallas so I'm somewhere between zones 7-8 depending on the chart you look at.
-This is a new lawn that was planted during the first week of May. The old lawn which was full of weeds was killed by RU...
-As with starting a new lawn I watered the lawn 2-3 times a day to keep the seeds moist while they germinated. Then I cut it back to 1 time a day after a couple of weeks. -Then after a month it went to 2-3 times a week. So basically less watering per week but more watering each time to establish those longer roots.
-It's been 7-8 weeks now and I'm up to watering twice a week.
-For the past two weeks, Dallas has been getting quite a few rain showers which I believe is making the weeds grow which isn't helping..
-I've recently learned that bermuda lawns need to be mowed short not long like other grasses do. From what I read, I thought the grass would help crowd out weeds better if it was long. I learned it was true unless you have bermuda, centipede, and some others grasses.
-I haven't had a chance to mow shorter since the grass is still kind of wet which all the rain.
-I used a spreader to sow the seed. The seeds were so small that I mixed them in with some milorganite starter fertilizer.
-Last week I (new lawn was 6 weeks old) I put some down Lesco 15-5-10 regular fertilizer.
So my lawn is coming up on the 2 month old mark and has spurge everywhere. I have a little but of parslane too, but its mostly spurge. I don't have pictures but let me describe. Corner lot with 5000 sq\ft. Some parts of the lawn have the P77 growing nicely but with mixed in spurge. The majority of the lawn has spurge growing in huge patches. When you remove them you expose a lot of dirt territory.
Everyday we pull weeds for an hour to expose some dirt and hope the P77 will grow in the open areas. So anyone have an idea what to do. I can't put down a post-mergent herbacide for a while right? The P77 is too young and not established.
LOOOONNNG story short, how do I get rid of the the spurge? Am I just going to have to live with it till next summer?
P.S. Sorry for the long winded post. I just didn't want to leave anything important out.