New yard with woods, slopes, red clay, & water- help!
I just bought a new house in December with 100x400 land. It's midways up a hill with red clay dirt & a LOT of rocks. The house is gorgeous in a new subdvision but the yard is ....
The 1st part of my property is wooded & is at the lowest part of my property beside the ditch, so very wet with standing water with heavy rain. Our power lines are underground. It was overgrown & brushy but hubby has cleared everything but the trees out. For the front wooded area, what plants/trees would do well in wet clay soil? Right now it's tall plain trees but I'd like to add cherry trees, magnolia, and/or dogwoods. I do not like weeping willows & I'm allergic to sumac. Would a lasagna bed do well here or wash away? From there to the house is totally clear & full sun.
Behind my house is a steep slope that runs the entire 100ft width of my property. It starts gradual with steepest point directly behind my house and rounds off like a half bowl then on the side of my house it levels down eventually my driveway, where my property ends on the other side. Would you plant anything on this hill or leave as all grass?
Directly beside my deck has standing water with heavy rains and hasn't grown grass yet. The slope run-off plus 2 gutter downspouts are near this area. My house is 2 story and the backside is shaded my the house and is always cooler/no sun. Luckily, besides this my hills & front yard have grown grass well. Any suggestions? It takes about 2 days for the water to sink in with the crazy rain we've been having.
On the other side of my house it slopes down and my property ends midways on the slope. Yesterday, dh popped a rock mowing & it hit the neighbors house & I have to replace siding now for a tiny chip (like 10 ft from our property line)so I want to plant something pretty & flowering that doesn't have too deep of roots (my sewer line is on that side) but keeps us from mowing close to their home. From my front porch I can see their back deck & vice versa, so privacy would also be nice. The kids picked up 520 rocks last week with many more to go. How would butterfly bushes do? For a small tree or flowering bush, how far from the property line to I need to plant?
Above the slope is about 100x100 ft of woods. Hubby & his dad have been working on clearing out the dead trees, thinning out the smaller ones, and hauling off brush. It does have a nice mulch layer, no grass. Also, there is a 20ft sewer easement at the back of my property then the end of a dead end street where people keep walking thru my woods as a trail to this development. There is a trailer with 10 feet of my back wood property line, so I don't want to plant something too tall but very dense & thick. Thorny or pointy is ok too. Once it's cleared some more I want to turn this into a kids fort/play area and an Alice in Wonderland shade garden, but that is another long post, lol.
Any tips would be appreciated. The yard has a lot of potential, but I'm clueless on where to start.