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Old 04-03-2015, 04:27 PM
 
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How do I even begin to get rid of these weeds and give my daughter a backyard she can play in. Leveled with grass, not weeds? What products work best? Steps to take to prevent it from coming back etc. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:41 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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How do I even begin to get rid of these weeds and give my daughter a backyard she can play in. Leveled with grass, not weeds? What products work best? Steps to take to prevent it from coming back etc. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN OFFER
Start with your county extension agents KNOWN suggestions including soil tests.

As regards weeds.... NOTHING replaces elbow grease.
on your knees with a hand tool ONE SQUARE foot at a time.
All the other methods are attempts at poorly substituting for that hard work.
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Old 04-03-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Start with your county extension agents KNOWN suggestions including soil tests.

As regards weeds.... NOTHING replaces elbow grease.
on your knees with a hand tool ONE SQUARE foot at a time.
All the other methods are attempts at poorly substituting for that hard work.
I totally agree.

Every spring, I have to get down on my knees with a trowel, pulling up weeds, in spite of doing the whole weed and feed thing in the spring and fall.

That being said, I see progress every year as well - fewer weeds each year. It just has to be done by hand.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:04 PM
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Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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Where I live, weed is everywhere.
I am OK with that.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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This should point you in the right direction-

https://njaes.rutgers.edu/garden/faq.asp?c=1&s=1
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:48 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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it looks like mostly ivy ground cover. You'll probably find rodent nests under that also.

Start with roundup with some extra dishwashing liquid and even some 2-4,d and spray the area down. after about 2 weeks when it's all brown, start pulling.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:43 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Weeds? It looks like there might have been an animal (dog) tethered out there who beat down the ground while everything else was ignored.

How do you fix it? You don't need a county agent.

You need some good old labor. You need a saw, pruning shears, a shovel, a rake, a wheelbarrow.

Get rid of the dead standing wood, cut it down. Rake up the leaves. Trim back the ugly tree limbs. See what you think when the crud, the ivy, the weeds have been cleared away.

Was this property a rental? It is utterly neglected.

Hard work is going to fix your yard, not some government adviser.
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