Tips for newbie on reseeding a lawn!
Hey guys! I'm totally new to this forum and also relatively new to the world of lawn care. I haven't had a lawn in the past 10 years but now I have decided to take on a new project: Reseeding the neglected backyard lawn of my parent's rental home that the previous tenants did not take care of. The yard is pretty small (my mental image calculation comes to ~1500-2000 sqft), kind of slopes to the back corner, has a wooded area along the back side which causes shade coverage for part of the day, and also has a partial fence that I am contemplating taking down and finishing around the entire back yard. Pictures will have to come later this week when I go back to the house this weekend to do some more work.
I am sure that there are a billion things that I need to take into consideration, and so I am trying to do a little bit of research on the matter and also found this forum to try and post on!
For now, I would like some recommendations for a species of grass to attempt to grow. I live in Springfield, VA and I'm not sure what kind of grass is currently in the lawn, but it is very patchy and there are a lot of weeds. Once I get a good recommendation for a grass type, I feel like I will have a clearer idea of what kind of work I will need to put into the soil. From my very limited research, it looks like Zoysia, though not completely suited for my area, would be able to grow in my area and I also like it's look.
Some other problems that I would like to take care of are a few unwanted trees/bushes near the edges of the property as well as a drainage problem we've had during heavy snow and the melting thereafter causing floods in the basement. The trees and bushes I'm sure I can dig out on my own, as they aren't that big. The flooding problem we have dealt with by digging a trench out of the snow, along the slope into the back corner of the lawn, which lets the water flow out. I did a little research and it sounded like an underground french trench would be an appropriate solution. This would be something I would like to do after I've killed the old lawn off or when I till the soil(not sure if I'll even need to do this?). As mentioned before, pictures will come later, which I know will help describe this further.
Please help me out with what I need to do or if anything I listed above is horribly wrong! I'm not even sure what other information I need to give, so please let me know what I need to provide.
Thanks in advance for your help!