How can I restore my lawn to its original beauty and get rid of weeds?

My back yard is full of all kinds of weeds, the dog used to live there, so he aslo tore the lawn and made trails. Now there is very little grass, and my question is how do I bring the lawn to its original beauty and get red off all the weeds? Aslo the mole made him self a home there too, so the lawn is very bumpy. Thank you.

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Dezeray S

Wanting to bring your back yard to its original beauty is great to do now thats spring is here and summer approaching. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question, I was searching in the Manage My Life website and found some great links. I have attached the links below. Hope this helps!

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/150393-how-do-i-get-rid-of-leafy-weeds-in-my-grass

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/243588-rid-weeds-lawn-harming-bermuda-grass

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/articles/authored/animal-pests-in-the-yard-and-garden

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MML Staff_Erin H expert

See the links below for more info. Briefly, you can kill off all the weeds and grass, either with a herbicide or by smothering them under black plastic or cardboard. Then level the soil to get rid of the bumps and either plant grass seed or lay out sod (or if you're in the deep south, you can sod or plant sprigs or plugs of grass). If you use herbicide, wait a few weeks to make sure all the weeds are dead, and retreat if needed before planting seed or sodding. If completely renovating the lawn is too much effort or expense, you can spray the weeds with a weed killer for emerged weeds (same thing about waiting applies) and then plant grass seed over the area. DON'T use one for preemergent weeds such as crabgrass, which would kill the grass seed. I can offer more advice if you can tell me what weeds are in the yard and whether the yard gets a lot of sun or is shady.

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/articles/authored/how-to-seed-a-new-lawn-from-scratch

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/articles/authored/overseeding-a-lawn

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Donna

My dog is 13 yrs old and has always had very accidic urine. Every time she urinates she leaves brown patches. How can I keep my grass from dying everywhere she goes? I cannot keep her on medications all her life.

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MML Staff_Erin H expert

Poor baby! (The dog, not the lawn). Watering the places she urinates immediately will dilute the acidity. Also, there are products on the market for dog spot repair. I've never tried them (I have cats), but I've included a link to several below. My guess is that they contain something to restore the soil pH (such as limestone) and grass seed. There are several discussions on the topic in the gardenweb.com forum -- that's the second link below. Scroll down the page to the blue boxes. As with most forums, someone gives a tip (for example, giving the dog tomato juice), someone else says it worked great for them, someone else says it didn't, and so on. It makes for interesting reading.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/search_10153_12605?keyword=dog+spot+repair

http://search.gardenweb.com/search/nph-ind.cgi?term=DOG+URINE&x=0&y=0

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Rick

What I would do is change it's food to a brand like Purina with the Old Adult food. Give the Dog clean cold water several times a day. The Water will clean out the system and with only the dry food and the water there is nothing to cause the acid. THat should clean out her out and thin out the acid to normal levels.

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Tia

I just moved into a new home.(Love it!!) My back yard is fine and i can fix it up on my own. In my front yard, theres a hump of dirt that grass and weeds grow around. Its about 15 feet long and i'd say 5 feet wide. I would like to make it flat, maybe put some flowers down, and like bricks or stones around it cause it leads out to the side walk. how would i go about getting started on this task? What woud be the best thing to put aroud it bricks or stones? I need help PLEASE!!!!!

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