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I need help with my lawn

I need help with my lawn

I'm trying to give my wife and I our dream lawn, but our current situation with weeds and uneven ground isn't great.


My lawn is in what I would consider rough shape. I'm taking over from the previous owners and it's better than it was, but it's bumpy from animals digging, full of weeds, with almost no part of the lawn free from either clover or crab grass, and other types of weeds. I'm doing my best with my limited experience to address this, but I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.

This weekend I will be dethatching my lawn, and next week I have someone coming to aerate and overseed. Are these things going to make a big difference? Should I expect that I can take a bite out of the weed density with dethatching, aerating, and overseeding? I do have a soil sifter that I built, and I'll be using that to dig up really bad spots, sift out the weeds, and plant fresh grass seed.

It feels like a mountain of problems and I'm curious whether this is something I can tackle on my own, or if having a company come in and take charge of the situation would be better? Ideally, I'd like to fix this myself. It's something I enjoy doing, but if it's a pointless fight that will take years and not produce good results, maybe it's time to hire a professional?

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    May 6, 2022 1:28 PM

    I'm hoping there are some lawncare pros who can maybe weigh in on my lawn with advice or put my mind at ease.

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      May 6, 2022 1:30 PM

      I've left some pics in the post, and I'd be happy to answer any questions here.

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      May 6, 2022 1:35 PM

      Dethatch, aerate, top dressing, then overseed again. Also, get a weed service that will come out 3-5 times per year and spray for weeds or fertilizer depending on time of year. Keep it mowed regularly.

      I hate chemical treatments for weeds but the only way to get a lawn back is to give the lawn some room to grow. Those weeds will choke out anything the way they are now, but eventually a thick dense lawn will do the opposite and help choke out the weeds. You could eventually get to where you could fertilize the whole lawn and just spot treat weeds.

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        May 6, 2022 1:40 PM

        The dethatching is happening Sunday, with aeration and overseeding next week. I'm going to have to look into a company that can take on this task I think. I really wanted to do it alone, but I don't have the tools to pull all of this off.

        Should I expect any improvement from dethatching/aerating/overseeding?

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          May 6, 2022 2:03 PM

          Not immediately, but it will improve the overall health of the lawn and allow the new grass seed to grow.

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            May 6, 2022 2:11 PM

            Okay, I've reached out to the company doing the aerating/overseeding to see if they offer other services mentioned, and if not I'll have to do some shopping.

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              May 6, 2022 3:08 PM

              This will take seasons though. You should also see if that company will check the pH balance of your soil. There is no point investing money when the soil is bad.

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                May 6, 2022 3:16 PM

                Good advice. This company is quite small time, so that may be something I need to discuss with a larger company.

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                  May 6, 2022 3:17 PM

                  Generally one that does the spraying would do this as part of their service. Consider paying for the spring treatments to see where that gets you.

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      May 6, 2022 4:53 PM

      1. Pay someone to do it for you
      2. ?
      3. Sex with wife

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