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My TTTF yard is split into 4 sections, due to where the house, property line, and fence are. One of those sections is about 3,000sf, and there is about a 1,000sf area of that that I have not had much luck getting grass to grow. It's now been taken over by weeds, a lot of Bermuda, and a very little amount of fescue. The weeds and Bermuda are spreading into the other "good" sections of the lawn. So, I'm considering killing that area and starting over, which would allow me to get a good layer of topsoil down, and hopefully kill the Bermuda, as opposed to slowly killing the Bermuda in that area over the course of a year or two. A full reno is more than I want to take on right now, but for this small area, I think it's manageable.

Can anyone point me in the direction of somewhere that details the steps to do this? Specifically, I'm looking for timing, such as, and this may not be correct, but, Day 1 - Roundup, Day 15 - Roundup round 2, Day 30 - Roundup round 3, Day 45 - Till/smooth/topsoil/seed, etc. Also, any products that I should put down with the seed, other than a starter fertilizer (I have read Tenacity is good to prevent weeds with new seed).

Lastly, even though I won't seed until it cools down, would there be any reason not to do the other steps sooner, other than that I'd have a section of dead grass in the yard? If I know I'm probably going to do this anyways, I'm not opposed to starting sooner than later if that means it would kill the Bermuda in that area and hopefully slow the spread of it in other areas.

Thanks for the help...

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I would check the lawn journal section. Specifically @llO0DQLE , @ericgautier and @Pete1313 do a good job of detailing dates and the process. There are many others, but those are the first that come to mind.

If you haven't done one yet, I would recommend a soil test especially in the area that is known to be trouble for you. You'll want to make sure there aren't underlying problems in your soil before you spend the money and time doing a reno.

Starter fert, tenacity, peat moss will all contribute to your success and of course a strong irrigation program to keep everything moist.
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