Need ideas for sloping, shady backyard that won't harm tree
Our backÃÂyard is nice in many ways, but has a few probÃÂlems that are stumpÃÂing me. The grass and back fence area meaÃÂsures apÃÂprox. 45' wide by 35' deep. The shade is much apÃÂpreÃÂciÃÂated, but we'd like to inÃÂstall some plantÃÂings at, or beÃÂlow, the big elm tree's drip line to add a litÃÂtle visÃÂual inÃÂterÃÂest. But the fairly steep slope, the shade cast by the trees, the heavy clay soil in our yard, and the tree roots loÃÂcated at and just beÃÂlow the soil surÃÂface are causÃÂing me fits. Would it help to inÃÂstall a low reÃÂtainÃÂing wall at the drip line so that we could level out and amend the clay soil there for some limÃÂited plantÃÂing? Or is that a terÃÂriÃÂble idea beÃÂcause of the tree root disÃÂturÃÂbance this would reÃÂquire? Thanks for any ideas or sugÃÂgesÃÂtions.