I recently moved into my current home, and I've decided that the current yard must be dealt with. After letting it go for a couple of weeks, it's very obvious that I have more than one type of grass--not sure which (I'm new to this).
First things first, I live in the Atlanta, GA area. My front lawn is completely unshaded. The house faces Southwest, so the area directly behind the house gets quite a bit of shade during the day. The backyard is fairly large (by subdivision standards) as I am dead center in the back of a culdesac--it's much bigger than the front yard. I do have trees in the back, but they're all pretty much along the back fence-line, so the center of the yard is wide open. The soil is of the red clay variety.
Now that you know my environment, I'll let you know what I'm looking for in a grass. I want something that's got rather thin leaves, and is very soft to walk on. I've noticed that certain grasses have almost a sharp, stalk-like feel to them when you walk barefoot--very uncomfortable, I don't want that. I also would prefer the deepest, darkest green I can get. Finally, I'd prefer something fairly aggressive that will get rid of the other grass on its own.
A friend recently resodded with Bermuda, and recommended it, but I can't say for sure that's what I want. I saw it right after he'd just mowed, and it didn't look so hot. Partly, he'd let it go too long, and secondly, he'd cut it too short. When the mower went too deep, it left big semi-circular cut marks that were yellow in color. I can't say how it'd look if it were properly maintained.
Maintenance isn't a real big issue to me. Until now, the last time I had to do yard work was when I still lived with my parents and was forced to do so. I'm finding now that it's very relaxing (now that it's MY yard :-) ) and nothing gets work off my mind like firing up the mower and having at it. I'm even thinking of getting a "reel" mower for a really nice finished look.
Thanks for your time, and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.