My husband and I have just taken on an old antique house on .5 acres. The previous owners did pretty much zip on the surrounding lawns and landscaping. We have the following issues:
New septic - TONS of rocks everywhere on the top soil, the previous owner just tossed some grass over the area and now we have 2 foot tall grass/weeks and tons of rocks underfoot.
Property border - Perennial beds over run with poison ivy and random weedy bushes. We have been able to find some gorgeous heirloom perennials mixed in as well. Stunning rhododendron is in great shape and 15+ feet tall so we want to cultivate and not kill it.
GIANT 100+ foot tall pine with tons of spread in middle of side lawn, a tiny bit of grass and some moss underneath
Grass situation - the back is nice tall grass with rocks underneath and lots of weeds. Front area has tons of dandelions and only a bit of grass.
We have no idea where to start, want to do most of the work ourselves and don't have too much money to spend at this point. We're not looking for instant gratification, we want to do it the right way and I know this can take 10+ years. What can we do in the meantime to prevent further damage and how do we deal with the darned rocks.