I would like some advice on how to revitalize a yard. I purchased my home in October 2007. It was a rental that was foreclosed on and the tenants didn't take very good care of the lawn. Almost everyday since moving in I've picked up or dug out trash that's been imbedded in the dirt of my backyard. Hair beads, checker pieces, roofing material, even an old toilet seat have been implanted one way or the other in my yard along with bottle caps, broken concrete and shards of plastic.
I would like to make my "vacant lot" into a yard again but I'm unsure what to do after getting rid of most of the trash. It's heavily wooded by a giant willowtree with overgrown branches and is uneven.
With spring and summer fast approaching what can I do to spruce things up? What kind of grass can I use that will tolerate the shade? All opinions are appreciated.:)