grass make over

Asked April 7, 2020, 7:52 PM EDT

Our back sunny yard is over run with violets and other weeds. We thought of killing off all the grass and reseeding. Or should we try this spring to kill off all the weeds and reseed? We haven't had much luck killing off the weeds in the past so that is why we're thinking of just killing everything. We are not sure what time of the year we should start this make over project.

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Fall is the best time to renovate a lawn, temperatures are cooler, weeds are storing food so the send the weed killer into their roots and you don’t have to look at bare earth for the summer. A good weed killer like Weed Free Zone will probably do the job. It is a lengthy process because there are lots of weed seeds in the ground that will germinate eventually. If you try killing the weeds as soon as it warms up a bit, follow the label, keep your grass well watered and let it grow and set seed. Many can’t bear to do that but doing so will give good results. It is very economical too. Water is the key to a thick lawn. Killing the entire lawn in the fall and reseeding will also work. For the next couple of years conduct a weekly weed watch and pull them as you see them so new weeds don’t get established.