Lawn and property disaster
Hello all, I am a new homeowner with very limited knowledge in the art of lawn care, and a huge mess to deal with.
As far as I can tell, here are my issues as figured out by myself, the Internet and friends:
I have compacted, clay soil that is very wet in spring, and dry and cracked in summer.
I have a long, narrow ish lawn with gardens on both sides full of potential and ivy that is making its way into the lawn.
Most of my lawn is weeds, but there is definitely some grass holding its own in 30-40% of the lawn.
I live in a wet area and seem to get the worst of it compared to my neighbours - the area used to be farm land and I have heard of there being french drains running along properties not too far from here.
Unfortunately, the nature of the landscape sends water towards my house. After putting weeping tile and a sump pump in the basement, it's pretty dry in there but I still run a dehumidifier in spring/summer and some parts of the cement floor get dark with moisture.
I have a big dog that decimates the lawn in spring when it is wet and muddy.
Previous owners were landscapers, so there is a lot of stone and the gardens could be great, but I just don't know which route to take to re-establish a nice, strong lawn. Considering rototilling or aerating and overseeding.
Any help greatly appreciated!!!