Cheapest way to fix a backyard with bare spots and rock.

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2 yrs. ago I had to re-locate all my septic lines throughout my backyard. Needless to say, my entire backyard was dug up and new lines were laid. By digging up the yard lots of rock has surfaced and there are high low spots in the yard. Very hard to walk with all the rock. Needless to say I have very little grass, lots of weeds and bare spots. The area is approx. 3500 square feet with two large maple trees. I've tossed around the idea of having someone with a harley rake work it and start over and plant new grass. Any ideas?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 27, 2018
    it would be to your benefit to use a professional

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Apr 27, 2018
    You definitely need to have it all turned over, leveled out and replant the grass. Depending on how big the stones are, you could create rock gardens around the trees and put in shade loving perennials. Use garden blocks to hold them in.

  • Janice Janice on Apr 27, 2018
    This may be an opportunity to start over and plan how you'll want to use your backyard in the future. You could create a few different areas, such as a vegetable garden area, a couple of sitting areas and maybe an area to bbq. Draw your ideas on a piece of paper and think through how you'd like to have it. I'd plant the non-grassy areas with perennial plants that will come back year after year and spread and eventually you'll have the backyard of your dreams!

  • Sharon Sharon on Apr 28, 2018
    I think I would rake and pick the rocks, then add a layer of top soil to level the yard, then add grass seed and water.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 28, 2018
    I would go with the rock removal, walking on uneven ground would become a challenge after awhile, even if you plant grass it could be a mine field of where is the rock when you go to mow, plus pits of water after a rain.
    Or maybe raised bed gardens over rocky areas, covering them up.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 28, 2018
    Call in a Garden designer and get some advice on the best way to go. Or just call in a Landscape Gardener and ask him to level and lay you a lawn.

  • Linda Rankin Linda Rankin on Apr 29, 2018
    Your could build platform walkways around the perimeter with rock gardens and shrubs that have been marked down by garden centers. Look online to see what plants function well in your area. Join a Freecycle or Facebook group in your area and trade rocks for plants, on a you dig it yourself basis. Also, could place a pond/fountain among the rocks...see home centers for those parts.