advice on weed and pest management

advice on weed and pest management

now that we're in full-blown spring in NC, I've been hard at work in my back yard. I don't know a lot yet, and so far it's been a real "trial by fire" experience. It's challenging and frustrating at times, but my husband and I are also really enjoying the experience. You may remember my last post about my strange tree placement/landscaping challenge. As I mentioned in that post, the previous owner didn't seem to know what he was doing. I've now received confirmation from one of the neighbours that he had very little interest in gardening, and all he did in the way of "maintenance" was mow the lawn. Well... it shows! The lawn is completely out of control. Weeds and crabgrass are running rampant. There's also a lot of dead growth and thatching. Also, when I tried to dig up my first garden bed I quickly discovered grubs in the soil. When I started doing research on grubs, I realized that what I was seeing in the lawn wasn't dead grass, it was grubs. The dead growth isn't thatched at all - it comes up very easily. Actually, it's very brittle and snaps off as if it's barely attached. Overall, it's so bad that I'm just about ready to sacrifice all of my pretty little wild violas if it would mean I could get this backyard back into shape. I know that I need to kill the weeds and grubs. I've been trying to hand-weed but have decided that it's simply too big a task. At this point, I'm not sure how to proceed. So here are my questions: 1. In what order should I tackle these problems? - weeds - grubs - re-seeding - fertilizing 2. I want to keep things organic but the only garden centre near me is Lowe's and they only seem to carry chemical solutions. I'm starting to wonder if I should "zap" my lawn with chemical weed and grub killer for the first dose, just to get things under control. What are your opinions/experiences with chemical weed and pest killers? 3. Does anyone happen to know a place in the Apex/Cary NC area that carries organic stuff? *crosses fingers* 4. Should I dethatch all the dead, grubby growth from my lawn? If so where would that fit in the order of tasks I listed in Question #1? Thanks in advance for your ever-helpful advice. :)
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