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Start_over
May 31, 2020 8:45 AM CST
Hi my grass has weeds, uneven parts when I lawnmower it's a total chore, and takes a toll on the old back lol,

So I'm not striving for a lovely plush lawn lol, just reletively even to make my life easier, just want to kill off the grass, weeds, put down some soil to even off the dips and bumps, put down new grass seed water it if needed, I live in Scotland lol, then let nature take it's course.

1) Just need to know if it's possible.
2) what I will need, to kill Grass, weeds etc easiest possible option.
3) Best grass seed for the job.
4) I live in Scotland, so best time to start this project eg killing the grass, weeds, then reseeding.

I think that's it any suggestions welcome Thanks.
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kniphofia
May 31, 2020 8:48 AM CST
Ask yourself what you want from your lawn. Is it really worth all that effort? Why not embrace what you have?
I've been following PlantLife's #NoMowMay on Twitter and it's amazing what a lawn can become, rather than a dull boring green expanse.
But I suppose it depends on what you want your garden space to be.

Start_over
May 31, 2020 9:58 AM CST
kniphofia said:Ask yourself what you want from your lawn. Is it really worth all that effort? Why not embrace what you have?
I've been following PlantLife's #NoMowMay on Twitter and it's amazing what a lawn can become, rather than a dull boring green expanse.
But I suppose it depends on what you want your garden space to be.


Hi I'm just not a garden person I just want it simple to maintain that's it, and right now it's kind of not as I said uneven bumps, when I cut the grass hit a bump it jars by back and it's just hard work, I live in four and a block I'm upstairs and I have a large garden to maintain, if I could afford it I would path the whole back area, and I also don't want to spend all that money on a house I don't own Thanks.
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stone
Jun 23, 2020 3:26 PM CST
Usually people just level out the dips with some ordinary topsoil and the existing turf grows up through the new soil without any problem.
There's no need to kill what you have...
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Bonehead
Jun 23, 2020 3:55 PM CST
I have just pasture grass for lawn, so tons of stuff growing it in that are not necessarily 'turf' - I like the little English daisies, not so happy with the buttercups, but am OK with the clover and dandelions. I agree that just filling in your low spots might be a good first step. I also find that the mowing blade will somewhat shave the high spots down if you don't mind that gawd-awful sound when the blades hit dirt. I've also read that simply feeding your lawn can be helpful - a healthy lawn will crowd out less desirable weeds. My guess is your climate would be good for a fall feeding. You could simply top dress and rake with a good compost mix (filling in some of your dips and perhaps raking down the high spots), or use a commercial grass fertilizer.
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RpR
Jun 24, 2020 12:18 PM CST
Identify the weed, get a weed killer that is designed for that weed and apply.
Wait at least two weeks, if necessary apply again, wait two more weeks, get good soil, (now this may be hard for you so hire out) put in piles by where ever the bad spots are and then screed in with a two by four board.
This can also be done with a blacktop rake but I have found pressure from the board presses the soil down hard enough it will not wash out.
Seed with what ever grass garden shops say is best for your area.
Water in seed, well.
Do not do weed killing in rainy weather.

Start_over
Jul 6, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Bonehead said:I have just pasture grass for lawn, so tons of stuff growing it in that are not necessarily 'turf' - I like the little English daisies, not so happy with the buttercups, but am OK with the clover and dandelions. I agree that just filling in your low spots might be a good first step. I also find that the mowing blade will somewhat shave the high spots down if you don't mind that gawd-awful sound when the blades hit dirt. I've also read that simply feeding your lawn can be helpful - a healthy lawn will crowd out less desirable weeds. My guess is your climate would be good for a fall feeding. You could simply top dress and rake with a good compost mix (filling in some of your dips and perhaps raking down the high spots), or use a commercial grass fertilizer.


Hi I can't get top soil just now, to fill in the dips and pumps, if I use compost will the grass grow with that, as I can get compost, Thanks.

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