How do I get rid of-weeds and make my back yard low mantainance ?


I have a small backyard and it’s filled with weeds , I have tried to grow grass in the past years but no success , I barely have any sun there . It was on a slope when we first moved in , over the years I have leveled it with soil now it’s qiite level but still uneven , I want to do something so it looks nice and doesn’t need much mantainanace thanks

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  • Xeriscaping is for you! Can be done anywhere utilizing native plantings that are drought tolerant and low maintenance.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 29, 2018
    Do you wish to proceed wih turf or do you wish to find suggestions for a groundcovers or a plant bed?

    Soil tests are always recommended every few years. Most every speaker in my master gardeners class recommend this for optimal way to address your soil and lawn and garden circumstances. The test box and instructions can be obtained from your local cooperative extension, unless you want your lawn service to do it.
    You have to have a good soil to meet your needs to growing healthy dense turf grass. From there you will find out recommendations to promote the grass growing conditions to include fertilize lime ( pH adjustment) aerate and seed. Peemergent lawn weeds can be addressed by a lawn applicantion in the springtime—>here in zone 7 the time the forcythia are blooming.

    Please also remember to utilize your local cooperative extension office for any lawn, gardening, garden pest ID and weed Id and remediation problems.
    They might be the best option for suggsions for your shady situation. These offices are manned by volunteer master gardeners on site there waiting to answer the communities questions that know your local situation quite well.

    Master gardeners are required to volunteer back designated hours ( plus continuing education) each year to maintain MG certification -this community outreach and education is their goal. If the MG cant answer your question on the spot—-they often send out specimens to the local universities —my office utilizes Virginia Tech for plant, insect, or disease identification. Hope this helps!

  • Denise Denise on Jul 29, 2018

    I have literally dig them out. Remove the roots. I am out in my yard at least once a week taking out weeds. You have to stay at it. I just have a thing about weeds. When I see them, I take them out. They are not wanted here

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 29, 2018

    First I would use some Scotts Weed n Feed to kill all the broadleaf weeds. Then either visit a local nursery to find a grass mix that will good for your shady area, or you can check online at the local university agricultural extension program for their recommendations.

    Unfortunately, lawns are labor intensive since they are not the natural biome, so it requires watering, fertilizing and then herbicides to keep the "weeds" in check.

    When first seeded, lawns require daily watering.

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