Don't know where to start with urban conifer? backyard
We are renting a home in Portland, Or. zone 8, i think. there are many very tall pine type trees in the neighborhood. Our yard has 3. My husband est. them at 50 yrs old? I don't know the best way to improve the yard and maintain it. There are a lot of needles on the ground...pinecones too, as well as twigs. Should these be left? I was thinking about planting native and woodland plants to improve the view from the house. I am assuming the soil is acidic, and it seems to be clay? it is also dry under the trees (unless I water) and then it doesn't seem to be well-draining. There is ivy under one of the trees a couple of azalias and one rhododendron, I think a peony or two and something else (shrub) I don't know! Not any "middle layer" or "ground cover" to speak of, unless you count the ivy. If I leave the needles to make a kind of squishy rotting layer, will natives grow in that? What could I introduce that would work for not too much output financially (we are renting)? I forgot to mention that there is also some grass. As you can imagine is is rather spotty in places. Even the weeds come up easy!!!