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Old 03-22-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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Weeds and trees started invading my yard last fall. Here in March as the growing season is almost in bloom, I can see weeds, small brush, and unwanted vegetation growing in the yard. My question, should I till the soil and plant grass seed with weed killer, or should I have everything plowed up, bring in new soil, and start over? Please offer any suggestions...
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:46 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Without seeing the yard, I just cut everything off at ground level. The weeds can't form seed heads if you keep them cut to the ground. If there is grass there already, top seed with some more grass seed. Keep it watered and mowed. It will come around.

Although, you don't say what type of trees are coming up. Some are invasive and more work to get rid of.

Personally, I would have dealt with the trees and weeds last fall and not allowed them to get a foothold.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I'd just mow it and throw down some extra grass seed. If your mower can't handle the brush, you might want to get a lawn service to whack the weeds and brush and then keep on top of your mowing.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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When we first bought our property, over thirty years ago; only one acre of our five acres was mowed. I mowed over anything that would fit under the mower deck and some that would not. My area is also devoid of limestone and is in a acid rain zone. Where I have good topsoil it turned into a decent lawn. Where my topsoil was thin I have moss instead of lawn.

You can take soil samples. In my state our cooperative extension service offers repetitively cheap soil sample test. The results of the test will tell you exactly how much lime or fertilizer you need per acre.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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Great suggestions. I will put them to use.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:28 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Retilling will also drag even more dormant weed seeds to the surface to germinate and sprout, continuing your problem.
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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If money isn't an issue I say go for it and rip everything up and start over. Fresh soil, fresh grass seeds.
Doesn't mean you don't have to do anything afterwards because you still need to fertilize and weed protect in the future. But at least you don't have to fight existing weeds which might take many applications before choking them out and getting grass to grow.

You can always use the old soil/weeds as compost somewhere.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Where did the weeds and trees come from? Finding out the source of the invading weeds and trees and stopping them from continuing to show up might be useful, too.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:59 PM
 
Location: From the Middle East of the USA
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My lot is on the edge of a wooded area. Hickory trees, Oaks, and Pines are all around me.
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:19 PM
 
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Having landscapers put in a new lawn. They aerated it, put down something? I think fertilizer. Plan on putting in 2” of topsoil and reseeding. But shouldn’t they till it and rake it.?
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