Posted: 31/08/2016 at 15:11
first what HUGE potential there....plus a trampoline
you really dont need to get people in and spend silly money
get a decent lawn mower, shears and secateurs.
set the mower blades high and in conjunction maybe witb shears cut the grass. Rake it off. Then assess what you have. You may well have the makings of a good lawn there. Mowing is the single best thing you can do for a lawn...it controls many of the weeds and allows grass to grow.
After a few days the grass will be brown; not dead at all though. Is the area reasomably level?
no to plastic; no to weedkilling everything.
you can spend the winter, when you have time, considering what to do. You may decide to re shaoe it to create some borders, etc.,....post a picture when your grass is cut. If the area is bumpy and uneven you may want to turn it over or fill in some hollows etc. If it is fairly even I would apply a feed and weed in early spring. Any bare patches can be re seeded. Then regular mowing, at least once a week.
if you still decide to turf it at least consider seeding it yourself. Turf is expensive but seed produces a better lawn and just as quickly. However, you may not need to do either
have fun with your daughter on the lawn...and on the trampoline