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Old 05-19-2012, 09:17 PM
 
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Oh dear. OP, if you have a small backyard, you may consider a method that's kinder to plants, animals and our valuable waterways. How about redesigning the backyard so it contains various plants and seating areas instead of simply turf?

You can include plants that are pretty and useful (medicinal, edible, oxygen-producing) and minimize the areas where you need to mow and (God forbid...sorry) use toxins.

You can spend money doing these by hiring a landscaper, or DIY which may take longer as you research plants and do the grunt work. I would suggest:
1. a mulched portion of the yard, surrounded by edging containing evergreen shrubs and possibly perennials or non-invasive groundcover.
2. A "patio" area, which can be paved, decking or stone.
3. A water-feature. You can create a pond in the ground or above ground using something like a stock-tank. If getting electricity to the area's a challenge, you can consider a "dry" stream. I love these and they look great.

Ideas:
Dry Streambeds =>
http://www.ecoterralandscape.com/ima...streambed4.jpg
http://www.living-gardens.com/Images/dimol-after3.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--hSTDRGsfL..._streambed.jpg

Patios:
http://www.shelterness.com/pictures/...-a-patio-5.jpg
http://blog.builddirect.com/wp-conte...-for-patio.jpg
http://wwwdelivery.superstock.com/WI...1806R-2236.jpg
http://www.decorahoy.com/wp-content/..._06172_art.jpg
http://www.infojardin.net/galerias/a...tainaftera.JPG

Planting Beds: (If you don't want to dig, do "lasagne" gardening)
http://www.allaboutmygarden.com/wp-c...ds-400x300.jpg
http://www.studiogblog.com/wp-conten...98-500x369.png
http://www.bayleafgardenservices.co....d_Planting.jpg

Ponds:
http://www.jamesponds.com/cms/images/image_ID238592.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_r4Klv8u2tg...+of+garage.JPG
http://polkfyn.ifas.ufl.edu/images/p...llery/pond.jpg

Dry Garden => (You can do these w/ layers of cardboard and gravel/rocks.)

http://twistedsifter.sifter.netdna-c...ese-Garden.jpg
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs8/i/200...76_by_d_ko.jpg
Thanks for the links. Actually my dad was really wanting to put concrete on the back yard. This is my option 2. I really want a green lawn.

Also I didn't know people felt so strongly about sprays here. I went to home depot an asked the rep what I could do about weeds and the 1st thing he suggested was roundup.


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Old 05-25-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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OMG, my head is spinning. You have a couple of options. Hire someone to rototil the yard, level it and reseed. Then you water the heck out of it, use weed and feed and you will have a beautiful lawn. OR, keep applying a quality weed and feed product until the good grass wins over the weeds. God bless.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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My back yard is completely filled with weeds. It has vines with thorns and wild flowers for which I've tried weed and feed and used some round up. It has turned most of weeds to a crisp brown, But how do I go about killing the roots? I tried to take but it's just too hard. There are wayy too many roots and they are quite deep so just taking the top soil won't do the trick.

Any suggestions?
I'm in the process of finishing us a yard that has been unkept for years. Over grown everything. Roots and vines throughtout all the soil, due to all the large trees, not counting thigh high weeds. It's been grueling, but worth it in the end. Using only basic garden tools, nothing with a motor. If you have access to a roto tiller I would suggest using one. Doing sections at a time, I used the shovel and a thatcher rake. I stabbed the shovel all over the soil just to break it up. Then using a thatcher rake, Id rake it over and over, pulling some weeds. If I ran across vines I would use ratcheting pruners to cut them then pull. This has taken weeks but my intentions are to plant in the areas next year. Repeating this process day after day until the soil is now easily rakeable, leveled and almost ready for planting. When the soil in each area was easy to rake, I took weed and feed granules that had gotten wet (couldn't use it in the spreader) and a butter bowl, and threw it everywhere in the desired areas. Getting the soil damp daily then raking it again and again to turn soil and spread the clumpy granules. I repeated the raking process for a couple of weeks. The weeds are minimal compared to what was. When I come across a vine, I snip them and pull pull pull. Got 2 roots standing up in the soil right now about 3 ft high that I've pulled but they are stubborn and do not want to come out easily. I will get them eventually. The weeds that do pop up now are easily pulled or shoveled out. With alot of hard work, ambition and determination, you can do it to. This has taken a couple months to do, since the areas I'm working are quite large. Its been weeks since I spread the weed and feed but i go out once or twice a week now and continue the raking process to keep the soil turned. But all is worth it in the end when you see your finished job. Good luck P.S. a hot bath will help with all those aching muscles and you should sleep well at nights. Good luck
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Forgot to mention, after raking the soil extremely well, the weed and feed I spread then raked through seemed to get to the roots of most stubborn roots
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:19 AM
 
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The hardest part of the process, if you chose to kill everything/rototill, is the removal of it all. Depending on the size of your yard, but even smaller ones, its hard work. For my small backyard, after tilling and then raking, half of what i raked included clumps of dirt. A few wheel barrels full. Luckily for me, I have a place to dump it across the street.
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