Resurrecting a lawn
Hello, I hope that you can help me. Do you have a phamplet or instructions on how to "resurrect"a lawn. I have lots of weeds growing, most troubling is a creeping one that t think is called xxxivy. I do not mind the clover and sometimes do not mind the violets. But I need a lot of help in how to go about getting rid of the weeds and getting grass to grow. I do have moles and voles. There are some bare spots as well, and lo and behold some actual grass, but I do not know what kind. I need to know what to do and when to do it. Thank you.
Prince George's County Maryland
Maybe you have ground ivy, sometimes known as 'Creeping Charlie'?
Take a look at this link to our lawn weed gallery to see pictures, descriptions and control options. Is this the one you're seeing? http://www.extension.umd.edu/hgic/ground-ivy Ground ivy often thrives in moist, shady areas where turf grass has trouble growing. You can see other common lawn weeds there as well.
We are happy to hear that you are o.k. with not having a 'perfect' lawn, and yet understand that at some point you may want or need to do more.
What you are calling a "Resurrection", we would call a "Renovation", which is essentially starting over.
The prime time to do this is in late summer, and depending on how large your lawn is, you may want to hire someone to do it for you.
Here is our publication that covers all the steps and info on Lawn Renovation: