Lawn Reclamation - looking for an overall plan!
Hi everyone. I've been lurking and now I need to jump in!
I moved to the Boston area and a neglected lawn last summer. I spent the spring building a veggie garden in back, promising to wait on the ragged front yard until drastic-measures-autumn. The yard is small and shady with a couple hours of sun through most, with a small patch receiving maybe 4 hours full sun. That sunny spot is dominated by what I think is nimblewill.
-a usable grassy ground cover with as little broad leaf plantain and dandelion (the current leaders in the hostile takeover) as possible.
-staying away from Roundup, etc.
-keeping out the unwanteds with a healthy blend of zone-healthy grasses
When I spoke with garden center folks, they said to tear up what I have in the early fall. Till, adding compost and lime to the mix. Seed with a shade mix and water through germination. Worry about weeds next spring.
Can anyone help me understand the timetable and order of operations with this undertaking? I don't mind an obvious heterogenous mix, with say, clover in there if need be. Do I really not worry about the invasive stuff until next spring?
Much appreciated and thank you for having me here!