Weeds Taking Over Back Yard

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Date Photo Taken: July 06, 2011
Location: Lilburn, GA
Posted By: houserjones


The weeds in the attached photos have taken over my back yard. Please tell me what to do to get rid of it and bring my grass back. I now have more weeds than grass. If you recommend planting more grass, what kind should I plant? I get sun during the morning hours but only on one side of the lawn.

Thank you,



  1. Southern Garden Coach Flower Fanatic says:

    Based on these two photos, I’m going to take my recommendations a step further than what you have requested. First, you need to know what kind of desirable grass you have, if any. Then determine if that good grass covers at least 50% of your lawn. If you have at least half a lawn of grass it’s worth saving. If you have less than half, as I suspect from your photos, I recommend you renovate and start over. If you DO have a decent amount of good grass, spray the dandelion (top photo) and wild violet (bottom photo) with a broad-leaf weed control like Ortho Weed-B-Gon or similar. And of course, ‘always read, understand, and follow label directions’. (I say that so often my wife has now officially decided to put that phrase on my headstone.)

    July 9th, 2011 at 7:22 am
  2. steve ray Unregistered says:

    Dandelion and wild violet. In areas with no grass present, you may use a broad spectrum herbacide such as Roundup. Otherwise Imave for nutsedge should control many of thr weeds

    July 9th, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  3. DJ Unregistered says:

    Good luck with the violets! I’m sure the flowers will be beautiful next spring. The plants are a favorite food of a few caterpillars. If you don’t want them in that location, I’ve found that they need to be dug up, removing the whole underground stem. Any little piece of stem left in the ground means a new plant will arise within a few weeks. The violets spread quickly by runners, so I use a heavy bow rake to rip the runners out twice each summer – to avoid having each plant make 30 new baby plants. Although I rarely use chemicals, I would be willing to use it to control where the violets grow. Zoysia is the only grass that can choke these plants out.

    July 9th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
  4. Rita Registered says:

    Thank you for the advise. Please list steps for starting over.

    Thank you,


    July 9th, 2011 at 6:19 pm
  5. Rita Unregistered says:

    Thanks DJ.

    July 11th, 2011 at 8:41 pm
  6. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Do you have money to spare? No I am not asking for a hand out! Your back lawn may be asking that. Sometimes you have to choose your battles in the landscape. If your photos are fairly representative of your back lawn you will have long row to hoe in maintaining a quality turf. It appears too shady for crabgrass. You get morning sun on one side of the lawn. My guess is that it is a Northeast exposure due to terrain or trees. Good for fescue, plan to seed every fall. Renovate with so called “shade tolerant sod”, buyer beware. St. Augustine might be an answer but there is a lot of expense on the front end. The wild violets are doing good. Divide and spread like other perennials. Enjoy the blooms next spring. Overseed with fescue this fall to thicken the lawn. Fertilize with an 18-24-12 after seeding. Fertilize it again in late February. Forget about preEmergents and broadleaf weed control. Grow it and mow it or watch it bloom! It’s your back yard and God has something that will grow there.

    July 11th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

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