I recently moved into house from a condo (Pacific Northwest - Coast of British Columbia Canada).
We have a pretty good sized yard. The previous owners neglected the grass, and it's full of weeds (although the soil itself seems pretty deep, and there are no dead / bald patches). Just seems like everything is growing with the weeds winning significantly in some areas.
I'm going the natural route, and don't want chemicals. I also use a push / reeel mower. I've been working to manually remove weeds. After doing so, there are small divots where the weed root was, with a yellow area where the weed leaves blocked the sun from the grass.
Should I sprinkle a few grass seedds in those areas, or just ignore, keep the grass @ 3 inches, hoping that eventually grass spreads there, rather than weeds popping back up?
Oh, if you need a pic of the weeds / lawn, please let me know.
There are other areas where the weeds are so dense that they are kinds of lumped together and are hard to move. Can I just leave those, and hope the long grass will help, or should I dig out patches of the lawn, add some topsoil / compost and grass seed?
It's real difficult to advise you what you should do without knowing what you want to do.
DO you know what the weeds are? Do you like or know if you like wild greens? Some weeds are good to eat and good for survival food.
One mans weed is another mans delight. I for one love wild stinging nettles. I also keep 'weeds' like Sun Choke, asters, milk weed, hops, as well as medicinal herbs...especially plantain.
By killing the weeds you may also be destroying a habitat for another living thing... I mowed an area at my place that had been a wild area forever. This allowed raccoons to get around easier and come to find out it was an area that protected a breeding ground for wild geese.. the raccoons easily found the geese eggs and the geese died trying to protect their eggs.
The place where wild weeds grow can sometimes be the best spot for a garden. The cycle of growth and pushing roots down into the soil then the plant dying off and decomposing can make some really good soil.
What you should do really depends on what you want to do.
If i ever wanted to turn a weedy area into garden or lawn, I just wait til spring and mow the weeds. Mowing will keep the weeds small and allow grasses to compete and grow usually. Or after mowing you can till the area for garden. Or a thick layer of mulch will also kill the tiny spring weeds.
Sometimes the answer is not to cross an old bridge, nor to burn it, but to build a better bridge.