Lawn covered by GIANT pine tree... help!
I am totally new to gardening, and am completely lost by what to do with my yard. Both my front yard and back yard are covered with GIANT pine trees. Of course, I bought the house last June when there was grass, so I was really excited to have a lawn (been living in cities for a while). By July, the grass was dead. I am told this is because of the pine needles dropping. Also, apparently grass and pine trees need different soil types. So if I try to remedy the soil for grass, it will kill the tree.
I still want a lawn I can enjoy... step on, lay down on, let me dog run around, etc. I HATE bark mulch, and rocks would be terrible because I could never rake up the pine needles.
Any suggestions? I am aware of Stepables ground cover... but that can get expensive when you're looking at a front and back yard.