Posted: 20/06/2017 at 09:37
Hi RTWOD (great name hope you don't mind abbreviation tho' or I'll be here all day )
I agree with Topsoiled and Hogweed ... cut the grass and edge the beds ... it will then look like a garden .
Then water the beds one evening, giving them a good soaking. The next day get a small hand fork and something to kneel on and weed the beds (the roots will be easier to get out as you've watered the night before). Wear a sunhat and sunscreen and treat the whole operation as a sort of Zen experience, meditative and contemplative ... something to be done methodically and thoroughly and not rushed.
When you've done that stand back and take pride in what a difference you've made and take some photos to show us ... then you can start to plan for the next steps ... will you want a total redesign or just some replanting?