We recently purchased our home (in the winter), and much to our dismay, found the yard completely out of control come spring/summer. There is a "ground cover" which has completely taken over all the lawn area, and is at risk of suffocating some beautiful plants (especially peonies!). There are dandelions as far as the eye can see, and the lawn area is covered in mud patches from where another ground cover was ripped up.
Please help!!! We are new to any type of gardening/landscaping and are at a loss for where to begin. Ultimately, we would like to have grass throughout the backyard rather than the groundcover, and perhaps add some flower beds. I am unsure what the ground cover is and how we can get rid of it.
I've attached some pictures to give some visualization to exactly what we're working with (no judgment please - we blame the previous owners :p).
Thanks in advance!