Ressurecting a long dead lawn upstate NY
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|Wed, 03-26-2003 - 9:20am|
There are 3 big trees in the yard that we plan on keeping, about 4 or 5 dead trees that we will be digging up, and a few alive, but barely trees we're sort of up in the air on keeping, as we'd like to have just the few big trees and the rest of the area clear.
We want to plant grass and set aside an area for a bbq stuff and possibly put in a "fire pit". We also want to plant some flowers or bushes along the side fences.
Now the only problem is, none of us have experience in doing any of this. Once the lawn area is clear I plan on marking off the areas we plan on putting cement or laying stone down to put the bbq stuff (picnic table, etc) on as well as marking off the areas to grow plants and flowers. But once I do this how should I proceed?
Some specific questions are:
1. should I place a barrier between the lawn area and the plant/flower area?
2. What will I need to do to plant grass in the lawn area? What process should I do to the soil to prepare it?
3.What type of grass should we plant? We live near Albany, NY and the backyard is surrounded by buildings on three sides, plus shade from trees, so we'll need something that can thrive in low amounts of sun light(it will get it, but not lots).
4. What will we need to do to the areas we plan on putting flowers and plants along the walls?