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I have two problems.

I'm not quite sure what you are trying to accomplish, Leah. If the idea is to just kill all the existing stuff and then reseed at some later point, just killing the weeds you see is not going to accomplish much. If that's where you're going with this, there are a few things you can do:
1. Spray weedkiller on taprooted weeds (like dandelions). Rent a sodcutter, and remove the grass. Backfill with some good topsoil/compost mix. Reseed.
2. Put down newspaper, 10 or 12 sheets thick. Dump mulch over top ofeverything. Wait 2 or 3 months, and plant directly into it. This is my preferred means of establishing new flowerbeds (I use leaf mulch which is finer, and have over 1500 sq. ft. of flowerbeds made this way), as it is cheap and easy.
3. Solarize. Put down sheets of black plastic, and leave it for acouple of weeks. It'll cook pretty much everything under the plastic, including weeds and weed seeds. When you're done, you can add good soil on top and plant. Keep in mind that solarization kills everything, including beneficial microbes and other assorted critters.

Suja
2. Put down newspaper, 10 or 12 sheets thick. Dump mulch over top of everything. Wait 2 or 3 months, ... which is finer, and have over 1500 sq. ft. of flowerbeds made this way), as it is cheap and easy.

Suja, can I do this over existing grass?
Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery?

Yes!
Frankly, I don't care if it
does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

Be careful what you wish for. You want a yard that's easy to keep up, not something that's dead and ugly. I don't know enough about plants and landscape design to give specific advice, but do get some advice from someone with experience. Read the labels on whatever you buy. Go to the library, or find a neighbor's yard with a similar challenge to yours and ask what they do.
Lia
I'm not quite sure what you are trying to accomplish, Leah. If the idea is to just kill all the existing stuff and then reseed at some later point, just killing the weeds you see is not going to accomplish much.

No, nothing at all that complicated. I simply want to kill the grass that's growing over my stone walkway, patio, and gravel driveway, and also all around the base of the shrubs. I don't want to put anything else there, just clean it up.
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Be careful what you wish for. You want a yard that's easy to keep up, not something that's dead and ugly.

I do like shrubs up against the house in front, but the grass growing around the base of them is almost taller than they are. And I can't maneuver a lawn mower around them - they're too close together and right up against the house, and the railway ties that enclose them are too high for me to even lift the mower up.
The shrubs are also overgrown and wild and need to be pruned, but I can probably handle that. I have to buy a decent pruning thingie (mine is a cheapie that doesn't work very well).
I am so out of my element here, that I just surprised myself by knowing the term "prune." :}
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Suja, can I do this over existing grass?

Oh yeah. That's the whole idea. Look into 'Lasagna Gardening' if you want to approach this more scientifically. What I have described works perfectly well for me.
Suja
No, nothing at all that complicated. I simply want to kill the grass that's growing over my stone walkway, patio, and gravel driveway, and also all around the base of the shrubs. I don't want to put anything else there, just clean it up.

Aah, now I see. You can use a non-specific herbicide like Round Up for that. I am told that a strong solution of vinegar (not the regular store bought stuff) works also, but haven't a clue what concentration you should get.
After you've rid the shrubbery of the weeds, I would suggest that you put down a good barrier (I prefer cardboard to the landscaping fabric you buy), and mulch on top to keep them from re-appearing. Make sure not to kill your shrubs by piling mulch against their base.

Get a good pair of Felco pruners for your shrubs. They are expensive, but very, very good and last a looong time.
Suja
After you've rid the shrubbery of the weeds, I would suggest that you put down a good barrier (I prefer ... on top to keep them from re-appearing. Make sure not to kill your shrubs by piling mulch against their base.

Oh, cool! I wouldn't have even thought of anything like this. Just any old cardboard? Won't it just rot away?
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Oh, cool! I wouldn't have even thought of anything like this. Just any old cardboard? Won't it just rot away?

Eventually, yes. But, so would landscape barrier, and it can be a lot messier to deal with. Besides, you don't have to pay for this one, and the earthworms LOVE it.
You will have to replace your mulch every other year or so (that disintegrates too), and you can put more cardboard down if you wish at that time. The whole thing goes towards enriching your soil, so your plants will thank you for it, as long as you're not smothering them with all this stuff.
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