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Lawn of weeds and no grass in sight

Hello I live in south east Virginia. My backyard is just weeds. The weeds have purple flowers on them. I want to have a beautiful lawn but I am not sure where to start. 
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Posted 2019-04-15T20:52:19+0000  by Jonoe Jonoe

Hi Jonoe


Thank you for your question.


To have a beautiful lawn, you must first start with a plan. 


One thing to remember is that all those weeds will have weed seeds that will be left behind and depending on how you deal with the weeds can determine how many you will leave behind after the weeds are removed. We are experiencing the same growth of weeds out here in SoCal due to our very wet winter. 


I believe the best way to remove the weeds is to dig them up.  By doing so, you will also be taking a lot of the weed seeds with you.  After the weeds have been cleared, rake in a good soil amendment and water the area.  There will still be weeds seeds in the soil.  By watering the semi prepared ground, you will activate some of the weed seeds left behind.  Use the herbicide to kill those weeds off.  Repeat this process 2-3 more times.


Depending on which type of herbicide you use you may have to wait up to a week before applying new grass seed.  Check with your local Home Depot Garden Department to see what will work best in your area.


Your next step is to choose a grass seed that will work well in your area.


To have a successful new lawn, preparation is the key.  Below is a link to articles written for your area.


Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.



Posted 2019-04-16T18:01:24+0000  by Rick_HD_OC
How do I go about digging up the weeds? It's the entire backyard. Do suggest I use a machine?
Posted 2019-04-19T13:24:28+0000  by Jonoe
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