Establishing meadow from scratch in rocky soil
Hi Everyone - We've moving into a home with almost eight acres of extremely rocky soil, as is the norm in our area. The builder did virtually nothing other than throwing down some grass seed, so we're literally starting from scratch. (This is a spec home, not one we built.) We're okay with this, and view the property as a blank canvas. But we're trying to make sure we take it one step at a time, and know we have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us.
We want to establish grass only in limited areas directly in back and front of the house, and our "dream" is to create some sort of meadow on 4-5 acres to the side/front of the house that sits between us and a neighbor. This area is gently sloped, with no trees, although we hope to eventually add those. We've talked to numerous landscape designers, but can't seem to find anyone who wants to help us establish a controlled, but wild area (they're all pro-grass everywhere). So, we're at the point of doing it ourselves. We have some experience with cleaning up acreage/invasives, but no experience with rocky soil and meadows.
We realize that our first step will be to use a rock picker in the areas that will be grass, and are assuming this is also required in meadow areas? Does anyone else have any tips regarding working in rocky areas?
Thanks so much - I hope to be a frequent poster here :)