Need some advice as to the order of steps to renovate my tall fescue lawn. Lawn was originally planted 10 years ago and hasn't had a lot of maintenance. It is West facing which means in SoCal it gets direct sun all summer.
Center of lawn just needs fertilizer and appears to be in good shape. Outer edges have problems:
*Some bare spots in shade prone corners that are interspersed with crabgrass
*Small area by adjacent planter bed that has flying/hopping insects and grass is now grey/brown
*Larger outer edge that has been taken over by a "spongy" carpet of grass that I cannot identify.
*Have some weeds, clover, dandelion, etc.throughout
I would like to reseed bare areas and get rid of the spongy stuff. Do I need to pull all of it out before proceeding? Should I fertilize first and then reseed? What about the weeds? In years past I have done a weed and feed in spring and fall.
I am not sure in what order to tackle these problems...
Thanks so much!!