What fertilizer should I use for Bermuda and how much should I water?
I bought a house last summer that had a neglected large Bermuda lawn. I'm not sure which strand of Bermuda it is, unfortunately. All I did was maintain the lawn until I over-seeded with Rye for the winter which looked great. Now, the Rye has dried out and I have scalped my lawn to prepare for the transition to my Bermuda lawn. I was planning on aerating this upcoming Saturday, topping with fertilizer and starting to water regularly again (I shut sprinklers off last week to encourage the Rye to die).
Do you have recommendations on type of fertilizer?
After I aerate, I was interested in throwing some extra Bermuda seed out there before topping with fertilizer just to thicken up the lawn and fill in any bare spots. Would you recommend this? If so, does the seed have to match the existing Bermuda strand I have? Because, I do not know that.
Put down 4 to 5 pounds of the product in each 1000 square foot area of the lawn. Since you turned off the water to scorch the rye grass, that may have set back the bermuda... just a tiny bit. So at this point after you fertilize and aerify, simply water once each night, putting down about 1/4 inch of water. If your lawn has simple pop up sprinklers that don't rotate (simply pop up and spray)... run them for about 12 minutes per night. When the bermuda is about 80% covering the lawn, then water every other night for 16-18 minutes. The lawn will tell you if that's not enough water. Since you don't know what bermuda you have, adding seed will have a good chance of making the lawn highly non uniform. Let the underlying bermuda grass come back, it will unless something else drastic has happened. That should get you back to bermuda land.