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Jul 09, 2013, 07:48 PM
horrible small yard...weeds & dead grass
Our front & back porches are being rebuilt (needed that years ago) but thatll leave us still with our boring weed & lots of dead grass ( we have a dog but she has killed most of our grass) also had a tree removed..roots weren't killed properly. Yard is I need help or ideas that aren't too costly to try making yard look welcoming & nice
Jul 09, 2013, 10:44 PM
Some basic issues to address first:

1. How much time and money do you want to spend on maintaining your yard?

2. Do you like and/or want perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, brambles, herbs, evergreens, deciduous trees?

3. Do you want a garden to grow some of your own food?

4. What is your existing soil like? Is it clay, sand, or a good loamy mix? If it's bad soil, it'll need to be enhanced before you can plant anything permanent.

5. Do your front and back yards receive full sun, partial sun, full or partial shade? This will help determine what you can successfully plant and grow.

6. Do you like container gardening? With rebuilt porches this would be an easy option to provide some color.

7. As to the tree removal, I think generally professionals just cut the tree down and leave the roots. Depending on the tree, the roots may die on their own. Aggressive trees like mulberries and Chinese elms can start up again.

If there are a lot of thick or extensive tree roots, they could interfere with a planting scheme.

8. Is your hard fenced in? If so, that offers some opportunities for trellising.

If you want to post some photos, it will help identify potential solutions to your questions.
Jul 10, 2013, 01:39 PM
ahh, the dog. you will want to neutralize its urine with gypsum, and then after a month or so of rains get a 4-vial soil test kit at Big Orange and test and treat as required.

tree stumps are easily chawed out with a rental gouger, provided you can steer and control the thing. it's like a 10-horse chain saw on a 4-wheel cart, with the teeth four or five times the width of chain saw teeth, in a gouging wheel in front. no hydraulics, so it's going to vibrate some. be sure to call your one-call service (511 in many areas) so you don't find any commercial utilities before they do. that stuff is evil costly, and they chase you for the cash.

you will then want to keep the dog fenced or chained away from the whole yard to preserve your plantings, or police it regularly to keep the new stuff from being killed off slowly.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?