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How to turn my lawn of weeds into a lawn of grass!

Have just moved into a new property with a small patch of lawn in the back garden (around 12-16 square meters). However the ward "lawn" is a loose term as the majority of it is covered with (what I assume to be) weeds, moss and only a few patches of what I would call grass.

I have tried to identify what the plants covering most of the lawn are, but cant seem to. there are a few dandelions and Patches of moss, but the majority have leaves that look like sharp edged clubs (as in the card suit). No flowers at present and all low lying.

Any ideas what this may be and What would be the best method for me to clear the entire patch of these weeds and reseed the lawn it so these weeds don't come back.




  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 632
    I suggest you spray the whole lawn with weedkiller to kill it all off, rake the dead stuff off in a few weeks, figure out if you need to add any organic matter or grit to the soil and rotovate that all in, level it all, tread it down firm and sow fresh seed... all done through late april onwards. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158
    The leaves are probably clover, it's what keeps my 'lawn' green in summer. If you just want something green, mow regularly, not too low and you'll have green. If you want to spend hours and pounds to achieve a grass monoculture of no use to wildlife, someone else will advise you

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,498
    I have been putting 'weeds' back in my lawn over the last year.
    Hoping for a lovely display of flowers on my meadow lawn come the summer.
    Thyme,clover (red & white),harebells,mouse-ear hawkweed,Fritillaria meleagris,kidney vetch,daisies,birdsfoot trefoil,speedwell,violets,plus stuff that has self seeded.
    So much more interesting than plain old lawn!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
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