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I have just moved In and the ground is very uneven with lots of weeds

Hi. I have just moved  house and the garden is very uneven. With more weeds that I care to imagine. The patio is in a pretty sorry state how can I repair on a very tight budget T.I.A


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,963
    Would you post some pictures for us to see of your garden, patio, and variety of weeds.  
    Utah, USA.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    It's possible to sort - but yes, we need some photos.  :)
    A small patio area can be tackled by hand, and weeds can be mown or strimmed, or have weedkiller applied to get on top of them. Then you can plan  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Many thanks. I will send pics very soon. X
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,523
    Actually it does not look that bad.
    Some work needed.
    Clear the weeds on the patio and dig over the soil to remove them there and a general tidy up.
    Use weedkiller on more problematic weeds.
    I would love to have a go!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • I will give it a go. Just difficult with arthritis I will send pics when I've managed it many many thanks for good advice. 
  • I was going to suggest hands and knees and an old kitchen knife for the patio but not so good with arthritis. I would concentrate on the patio and have somewhere nice to sit, the main garden could be covered with cardboard over the winter ready to start in the Spring. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,586
    Are you against using weed killer? If you have arthritis then Glyphosate is the easiest, especially for the patio, but does your budget allow for it? You would probably have to buy a sprayer as well.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge Posts: 2,443
    edited September 2021
    The patio looks salvageable to me. Probably worth getting a concentrated weedkiller and the dilute it to a high concentration to get rid of them. But better do it soon as they're still growing. You can get a pressurised sprayer to tackle it like this one: one of the many glyphosate concentrates available much cheaper to dilute it in order to cover the whole area instead of buying premixed bottles. 

    It will probably take two weeks for them to die back and probably worth repeating on any regrowth at that stage. But it will mean you'll go into winter with a clean slate. 

    And take heart that they replaced the fence, which would have been expensive to sort out. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Don't kill yourself would be my advice. Get some weedkiller, and get that lot cleared. The new ones don't have glyphosate, and while they take a little longer, they do work. 
    The you can either let them just die back to see what you've got there, or rake up all the debris, cover with anything you can get your hands on, and maybe a layer of bark or something so that you aren't looking at anything too ugly for months. That will at least let you get a better start in spring with whatever you want to do - turfing/seeding for a lawn, or creating beds etc. If time and health allow, you can always start doing little bits and pieces   :)
    I'd be inclined to get someone in to do the patio. Even a handyman type of person, to lift the paving, which might be less pricey than a bigger company. If money allows, you can get some new stuff laid, and if not, you can use gravel, which you could do  yourself.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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