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I am new to gardening. I mowed the grass in the garden and left it like that hoping everything would be ok. After two weeks, I found out that there are now lots of weeds in the grass as shown in the picture. How do I remove /kill all the unwanted plants? I would like to add some lawn seeds to get a good looking lawn. Please help.

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Plant vegetables or a fruit tree there. –  user1815 Dec 26 '12 at 23:46
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At a quick glance I would say that over 50% of your lawn is not grass but a variety of well established weeds. This is at the stage where minor efforts are of no use. Even if you could magically remove the weeds other weeds would move in faster than the grass would grow in the summer. This detailed answer from Mike Perry may help you.

Some of the questions you have to answer first are:

  • do you know much about the soil? get a pH test done and dig a hole to see how deep the topsoil is and whether it is clay or sand or junk.
  • does it matter if it has weeds? You could just over seed with white clover and grass seed in the fall and not worry about it.
  • is cost an issue? If not, then re sod. It's fast and produces results right away. You will need to water a lot if this is done in the summer.
  • do you really need all of it to be perfect? Maybe there are some areas you want to look nice but the rest of it..... Then just re sod the critical areas.

Here are some of your options:

  • fast and expensive is re sodding. Best time is the fall or spring.
  • slow and cheaper is over seeding and topdressing with organic matter spring and fall. Every year you should see a small improvement.
  • mowing and watering practices play a vital part in lawn health. Cut at least three inches high and water deeply and thoroughly in the summer months during dry conditions.
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If more than 50% of your lawn looks like this, its probably best to take it up and lay new turf - best time, in the UK, is October, so long as the ground isn't waterlogged. Prepare the ground properly before laying the turf though (borrow or get a copy of D. G. Hessayon's The Lawn Expert for guidance on that).

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It seems that your lawn is full of weeds and it's more difficult to control. So, Here I would like to suggest you that - you must have to re-establish new lawn as suggested by Bamboo.

You must have to take some precaution while maintaining and establishing the perfect lawn.

Tips to Maintain a Perfect Lawn:

  • Do research before selecting a lawn turf for to ensure that it's right turf for to grow green and healthy lawn

  • Perform a soil test to ensure that it supports new turf provided by turf suppliers e.g. village green turf, Kikuyu, common buffalo etc.

  • Make a decision on seeding or sodding

  • Water regularly

  • Take precautions to control weeds

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