We've been in our home for roughly three years. The previous owners did a less than stellar job at maintaing the lawn, so I've spent quite a bit of time trying to get it back into fair condition without having to actually re-sod our entire property.
Among other things, I've spent time mowing, weeding (by hand and by using weed killer), watering, planting seed, and more. For a while, I made progress - the lawn looked good.
Unfortunately this winter, Atlanta has been relatively warm with quite a bit of rain. So much so that the yard has returned to a state that I've not seen it since we originally purchased the property.
For reference, I've provided a small gallery of photos for you to see with what I have to work. Specifically, I'm looking for advice on how to:
- reduce the weeds
- leverage the existing foundation of the lawn to serve as a basis for improvement
- prepare the lawn to properly handle inclement months
- generally improve the overall appearance
I'm relatively handy and comfortable with working outside so I'm open to all practical steps, tools, and chemicals that you suggest and recommend.