New yard is filled with weeds - what to do?
I recently moved into a farmhouse on 3/4 acre. I have been focusing on the interior of the house, but the yard is in bad shape. The back yard is currently home to weeds that are up to 8 feet tall. I don't need this entire property to be a beautiful lawn, but there are parts where I want to get rid of the weeds and plant grass. Most people tell me to start by using weed killer to get rid of everything, but I can't help but think there must be a better way. I've read about making soil amendments, but I'm not sure where to start. I have lots of poke plant, dandelions, common cocklebur and a bit of poison ivy. Wild ginger, ferns and poppies are also growing well. I'd appreciate any ideas you have or resources you might recommend.