How do I fix landscaping?


My yard has an incline with a couple of big trees in the front yard. There are some random pockets in the yard and I want to know what is the best way to correct it. I want grass but I'm afraid of what it is going to cost. Here's a picture.

q how do i fix landscaping

Holes in yard

q how do i fix landscaping
q how do i fix landscaping
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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 30, 2019

    You can have a load of topsoil brought in. After that, either spread manually over the areas that need it or hire it out. Then seed for grass or put down sod.

  • Melinda Lou Mast Melinda Lou Mast on Apr 30, 2019

    Try puting some garden lime on it and plant more grass seed & cover in straw. If it is shady use seed for shade. Also use lime that is safe for animals. Keep it wet till grass is going good. Some grass seed even has weed killer in it. Good luck!

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    • Melinda Lou Mast Melinda Lou Mast on May 02, 2019

      I was telling what I have used that worked fine. You know how there is one in every facebook page? The one thats just NOT happy? the one who wants to SOUND smart? STFU Ya thats you!! lol!

  • Betty Albright-Bistrow Betty Albright-Bistrow on May 01, 2019


    My husband is working on our yard now, and he is scarifying it, then planting new grass seed down.

  • Kim Kim on May 01, 2019

    due to the amount of tree roots showing, I'd forget about grass...try ground cover plants (no need to mow

    or turn it into a flower garden, a few shrubs and beauty bark would look nice (make sure the grass is killed or covered with weed block first)

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 01, 2019

    Based on the soil exposure spots and the amount of shade in the photos, I'm pretty sure the heavy shade is not allowing the grass to grow under the trees. Also, you have a ton of surface roots. In order to keep the yard green, it will be easier to do and edging circle around the trees and put a layer of soil in the circles. Then find a ground cover you like that does well in shade and plant that. Let it fill in and you'll be amazed at how nice it looks.

    As for the yard itself, the grade to the street doesn't seem to be much of a problem, but if the yard is over 10 years old and hasn't been worked, you might want to till up the soil a bit (even a heavy raking will probably work), maybe add some peat and compost and then do a surface re-seed to help fill in. Have fun and stay hydrated!

  • Jan Jan on May 01, 2019

    The roots and trees look very similar to the 5 Maple trees we just had removed. A lot of the roots grow above ground. They destroyed our drive way, got into our septic and started to compromise our home foundation. We also had to replace the water lines from the meter to our home.... at our expense.

    We are still working on removing the roots from these trees. The tree service took out as many as they could mange to get up. Unless you really love these trees, I would take them out.

    They are great shade trees, but the roots...

    We took out the one in the front yard 3 years ago and the lawn is now thriving.

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    • Jan Jan on May 02, 2019

      Lynn, I totally agree, but certain trees like these should never be planted near a home.

      When it comes down to saving 5 trees or saving my home, well, it's a no brainer. Trees had to go.

      We bought our home from the first owner who planted the trees in 1974. In the 14 years we have owned the home, we have watched the driveway break up, replaced our septic tank, replaced water lines leading to the house and the final straw was... they were beginning to compromise our foundation.

      These roots grow outward and not down like most trees. So it has nothing to do with soil issues. I live in Georgia and we are not close to having a drought. Unfortunately this is the nature of this type maple tree.

      I wish they had been planted on the back side of our property for shade, but the previous owner placed them so that the late afternoon sun would be blocked by the trees.

      When they were puling up as many roots as they could, I watched my elderly neighbors yard being torn up by these roots and very close to her home as well. We had to fix and reseed her yard at our expense. It's just not a good tree for close to a building.

  • Dfm Dfm on May 01, 2019

    the root systems of a tree are about 3 times of its canopy.

  • MOLLY MOLLY on May 01, 2019

    I am in situation my grass is almost nonexistent and the tree roots are just driving me crazy. I tried top soil but I guess it was not enough. I am really close to getting rid of the trees or just pouring cement.