Advice please for starting home lawn program
Hello everyone. I'm a new homeowner with a house and yard that are 2 years old. I'm interested in doing more than just mowing the grass, but I don't want to tie up hours each weekend. I don't mind physical labor, in fact I always need the exercise. I want to figure out which techniques are the highest priority so that the time I do spend is of value.
1/3 acre of patchy rye grass lawn, 2 years old. Weeds remaining (what I haven't pulled by hand) are white clover and crabgrass. All parts of the lawn get direct sun at some point in the day. Drains from back to front and the slope from the house to the sideway is very patchy and dry. The soil in front left after the home construction is just subsoil and is hard and shaly.
- a good equipment rental shop down the road
- pickup truck with bedliner
- access to plenty of semi-composted horse manure (wood-shavings)
- a wooded area behind my lawn (on my property) to make my own compost pile
- a 20" push mulching mower
I found several things I can do based on internet research. Please suggest which will provide the most value for my situation. If you have ideas how/when to do them that's appreciated also.
1) core aerate in the fall
2) create home pile of the horse manure, let it fully compost, and spread over existing grass
3) mow frequently, even when it's hot and growth isn't very much
4) get a soil test done and apply lime to make things more neutral
5) try to eradicate the crabgrass (this bothers me some)
6) try to eradicate the white clover (this bothers me only a little)
7) start over on the front lawn, rototilling in compost and lime and reseed.
Thanks in advance for your input.