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Mar 17, 2018 9:58 AM CST
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I am wanting to kill my weed lawn. It is such a mess, i couldn't tell you what is in it. My house is 60 years old and it doesn't look like they did anything for at least 30 years. I want to kill as much as i can and start over with a low water , easy maintenance front yard. I have had some landscaping companies to give opinions and they were all different and the people are very flaky. Said they will come or call and never hear from them again. So, it looks like i am on my own to get this done. Any suggestions? spraying? cardboard? plastic? . I live in the Sacramento area and i do have a couple of young trees that were supplied by the County. I dont want to harm those.
Any help would be appreciated, i feel so overwhelmed.
Thank you!!
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Mar 17, 2018 11:03 AM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I feel your pain. I'm going to follow this because I have a similar situation. I will say that I think this should be a DYI thing. Maybe hire a helper if the area is really large, but I don't think you should hire a landscape company. It's not exactly what they do for the main part of their job. They want to design and then implement the design. Of course part of the process would be getting rid of your existing 'lawn'.

I think you're going to get a number of opinions here.

Tell us about the size of your yard and whether it gets much sun etc.
Mar 17, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
If your intent is to keep the area as lawn, I would simply start by caring for the turf - rake it, fertilize it (lots of organic options out there), water it. Give the grass a chance to overpower the weeds. If your intent is to replace the lawn with something else, I'd try solarizing it (covering large portions with tarps) which is not a pretty look but is effective.

If you want to hire this out, I'd try a yard service company rather than a landscape company.
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Mar 17, 2018 3:57 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
Lots of good info at the University of California Extension service
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Mar 24, 2018 9:47 AM CST
Thread OP

thanks for the suggestions! I want to get away from grass totally. I am not sure of the size but i live in a 9zone. I called landscapers because i wanted ideas for the yard. I want to do a total makeover. It is a North facing yard. Not sure if this helps any with ideas. Mostly what i read is tarping and killing the various weeds/?? that is living on my property. I guess i will just have to start in small sections. Any advice is appreciated!!
Mar 24, 2018 10:53 AM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
Shelley, you might want to take some photos of the area and post them in the Landscape forum to get some ideas. And, perhaps just browse through the existing threads over there. Best of luck, sounds like a fun project. Before and after photos are always welcome!
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
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Apr 19, 2020 2:21 PM CST
Name: Nan Sachsel

Sorry if I missed this-
Did not read the entire thread;

As a two times cancer survivor, I cannot believe that anyone still uses glyophosphate. I have met numerous other cancer patients w lymphoma from occupational and/ or recreational gardening using round-up.

Horticultural vinegar w a little liquid dish soap and enough baking soda to make a decent "volcano"of froth -
When painted onto any plant on a hot Summer's day, transforms the plant to black "ash" by the next morning.

To make the vinegar- bowl a gallon of white vinegar ( 5%
acetic acid) down to a quart- now its 20% acid)

I wear cloth gardening gloves over waterproof kitchen
gloves to protect my hands from the acid. It stings!
Add the baking soda when you're outside, to avoid spills.
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