How to bring a destroyed front lawn back to beauty
March 26, 2010 12:13 PM Subscribe
New home owner without a green thumb needs help to bring his destroyed front lawn back to life.
posted by papercake to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last winter we bought and our fabulous little house in Glen Ridge, NJ. A week after closing a 60' tree fell on top of the tree in our front yard (an overgrown Japanese Maple), pretty much destroying it. We had it removed.
Prior to that, the previous owner had an old oil tank removed from the front yard as well.
Between these two thing, our front yard is 90% dirt and there's a slight mound of woodchips where the tree used to be. (They ground the stump down but did not remove it. It's below the level of the lawn.)
How do I "fix" this? Without the (hidden) stump there I imagine I'd just till the lawn, buy some topsoil and/or fertilizer and then seed it and water it.
Is that what I should be doing? What about the stump? Should I use sod? Is this something I can do myself or do I need to pay someone?