Turning a weed full of bed to lawn
Hi all - First time posting! We are new homeowners and new to gardening and lawn care in general, so hoping we can some advice from the website! I have been browsing for a while but wanted to post a specific question for my situation.
When we first moved in, we had a mulched area in our back yard where a low juniper ground cover was growing. We wanted to turn part of that area to lawn because it was a fairly large area that could be turned into lawn so our son can run around in the yard. So we took the plant out. But we never got around to cleaning up and seeding right away and almost 6 months passed. During the spring/summer, we had LOTS of weeds growing there - all kinds, short and tall, which we tried to yank out, mow, etc. as we could get to, but since we didnt have anything other than soil there, they kept coming back. Now that it's fall, we are finally hoping to get that lawn started. We are going to have one raised bed in that area for vegetable gardening, and keeping a portion of that as flower bed. However, maybe 2/3 to 1/2 of that mulched area we want to turn it to lawn. It is not entirely mulched either since much of mulch has composted, etc and much of it looks like soil now. And where the ground cover was in, there is no mulch. So basically now it looks like a large area of weeds. There still are some woody stems of Junipers in the ground as well.
I am not sure how to go about with this.
We do not want to use chemicals in our lawn and if we have to do some digging, that's fine. Should we try to hoe it up, topsoil and seed? Or hoe it up and sod? Also, should we be trying to dig out as much root as possible before we do any of that? I dont think root is alive but they are still there (some). Area is not that big, so if we have to dig up, we could. It will just take take time and effort especially being newbies..
I am afraid even after taking everything out, once we start watering for seeds to germinate or sod to root down, it's going to germinate many weed seeds in the area as well.
thanks for your assistance in advance!