I have recently moved to a home with a weed infested bermuda grass front lawn. I'd like to try to bring it back to life using an organic approach but am not really sure where to start. The ground is definitely hard and packed down, there is lots of thatch, crabgrass is beginning to sprout, and there are some bare patches. etc. Should I arerate first then put down compost and an organic fertilizer of some sort then reseed? I think I mainly need some help in determing what order to begin the repair. Thanks for any help.
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I'd say read the FAQ at the top of this forum and then follow the three steps following this paragraph. If you concentrate on the grass and leave the weeds alone, you are really ahead of the game. Do these things until late May and if you still think you need to seed, that is the time to put bermuda seed out.
1. Water deeply and infrequently. Deeply means at least an hour in every zone, all at once. Infrequently means monthly during the cool months and no more than weekly during the hottest part of summer. If your grass looks dry before the month/week is up, water longer next time. Deep watering grows deep, drought resistant roots. Infrequent watering allows the top layer of soil to dry completely which kills off many shallow rooted weeds.
2. Mow at the highest setting on your mower. Most grasses are the most dense when mowed tall. Bermuda, centipede, and bent grasses are the most dense when mowed at the lowest setting on your mower. Dense grass shades out weeds and uses less water when tall. Dense grass feeds the deep roots you're developing in 1 above.
3. Fertilize regularly. I fertilize 4 times per year using organic fertilizer. Which fertilizer you use is much less important than numbers 1 and 2 above.
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