Just finally got my own garden...it's great but it's got lots of bumps, lumps, patches and a lot of weeds of different types, most of which I don't know!
We would love to have a nice lawn, but I'm completely new to the garden world and feels like there are so many weeds I don't know or what to do with.
I know it's not a quick fix, and will take seasons, but I'm enjoying figuring it out, so that's not an issue!
Some details; living in the US in the North East, lawn gets a lot of sun, it circles the house, except one 1/4 of the garden which the house shades for half the day, this is also the patchiest/barest part of the garden. Lawn is reasonably large and has a number of plant beds, trees and other things which have been reasonably protected from weeds by mulch. The lawn is full of different types of weeds (and maybe different types of grass?) and is very lumpy.
I need advice on what to do right :)
What type of weeds do I have, and what is the best way to get rid of them? Do I have a certain type(s) of grass I have and how I should improve it? How can I level the lawn (it's very bumpy). If there is any general advice on fixing things I welcome it!
I've put down Scotts Turf Builder Triple Action 5 days ago, and I see some wilting of Dandelions, although minimal. I know it takes time but I wonder if there are too many weeds and they are too established, but maybe they will die as time goes on? I also only used a small bag and just about covered 75% of the garden [I focused on the most problematic areas]. I also bought Spectracide Weed stop concentrate for Lawns which I maybe I can spot treat with or use a lawn sprayer to cover more, have not used yet.
But I'm not sure what the best approach is, some people tell me no chemicals, some tell me use chemicals. it's hard to find what the "right" advice is.
I can certainly try to cut down some of the weeds, or dig out some, but lots are deep rooted or sprawling so I wonder if digging/chopping might be tough.
I've tried googling to identify the weeds but it's very hard, and I'm also reading a lot about pulling vs cutting with a how vs herbicide vs plastic/cardboard, it's all new to me...
One thing from researching that seems like a good idea is to get a soil test, which I'm going to get on ASAP, wish I had done that before putting down the Scotts...but oh well.
Attaching a few pics of the different weeds seen (having just cutting the lawn), any help appreciated! If needed I can take other pictures