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Hi Everybody,

I'm a new member and look forward to my time on this forum. I have finally decided to start taking care of my lawn. I want to remove weeds and plant a crepe myrtle tree as well as some hedges and horsemint plants which is effective at repelling mosquitoes and attracting pollinators. First I need to make the soil healthy after years of neglect. Here are 2 pictures of my lawn:

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From my research I have discovered that those white flowers are actually clover weeds. I have read that a Hori Hori knife would work well for removing them. I would like to do this with the least amount of chemicals as possible since we have cats and raccoons in the area, so if removing them by hand is what it takes then I am willing to put in the time. What I am unsure of is after removing them, will I then be able to seed the lawn and renew the lawn with the black soil that I see people using when they want to start their lawn anew. I have no idea what the black soil is called. I assume that when the soil is renewed with the black soil (compost?) then I can plant the crepe myrtle tree, horsemint plants and shrubs?

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Oh dear, I meant to post this in the Organic Gardening board. Mods, can you move this thread to that forum please. Thank you!

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I would probably take a flat wide shovel and "scape" the first 2" of top soil off,, that way you can also get roots out.
Then I would get some compost and top soil and amend it together on top of the "raw" soil,, and using a rake to even it back out,
THEN seed it in your choice grass seed that you want.( OR> lay plats of turf(grass) down and water daily Both grass or Plats of Turf, until seeds are up and going or plats become established.
I don't know if that is the correct way, But I believe that is what I would do. I hope someone else comes along and makes further suggestions,, I can always learn something new my self thumbup teach


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Thank you Angelblossom. I was visualizing the process as I read your answer and it seems sensible. I have a lot of weeds and unhealthy grass so it would make sense to just scrape the top layer off and replace it with healthy soil. At that point I could plant the trees and plants. I would love for others to chime in with their past experiences on a problem like this.

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thumbup good I'm glad I created a visual for you,, and I too hope others chime in and do some suggesting teach


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