Posted: 24/08/2014 at 08:54
Hi Joe. I sympathise as had similar experience. Renovating the house means that no time for garden and any progress made gets quickly undone by enthusiastic weeds. I think the solution depends on whether you are now ready to tackle it properly and keep defending against the weeds ( this will take time but it gets easier over the years as you start to regain control) or whether you want a fix to keep it reasonable until you've got more time. The quick fix is to get it reasonably level, throw extra grass seed on top and keep mowing. Grass will spread quite quickly and the mowing will reduce the weeds. Over time you'll have a reasonable, if a little bumpy and weedy, grass space. At least usable and not an eyesore to look at. Then when you've got more time you can start to make shrub borders piecemeal. And decide whether to improve retained lawn areas via weeding and top dressing or go for the whole relaying option. Good luck!