Posted: 14/04/2014 at 12:32
For a play lawn I would patch, fill the holes, re seed the patches etc. We had three large skips standing on our front lawn for an entire summer - you cannot imagine how it looked when they were removed, large ant hills, tall weeds all around the bases of the skips and three bare patches each about 8' x 6' - we took out the weeds by digging around the roots with a sharp kitchen knife, mowed and mowed and mowed, raked the bare patches, levelled with some topsoil and scattered some lawn seed and waited. We now have a perfectly respectable front lawn. (A few dandelions again, but I'll get to grips with them soon.) April or September are the perfect time to do this.
We had thought about getting it re-turfed - that would've cost hundreds of pounds - what I did cost about £25.
But first you need to get out there, raise the bar on the mower and mow it - now - don't want to nag, but the main problem with your lawn is that it's not ever been mowed regularly - those weeds wouldn't be as big as they are if you'd mowed it regularly last year ................. I'll get my coat