How do I make this backyard family friendly???

Old 04-01-19, 03:00 PM
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How do I make this backyard family friendly???

Our back yard used to be overgrown with weeds (and the occasional flower as seen). Last year, after purchasing the home, we cleared the area to prepare to make it family friendly this year.

As you can see, the several trees make almost the entire yard covered with heavy shade. Any ideas or inspiration of something I can do without removing all of the trees?

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Old 04-01-19, 03:31 PM
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Might want to flip those pics.
Old 04-01-19, 04:23 PM
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trees make almost the entire yard covered with heavy shade.
So heavy shade and grass just will not work together, and forget the "shade" blend that's just a marketing gimmick!

Thinning out a few trees will help, otherwise some type of shade loving ground cover but that's not the most family friendly covering!
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What does 'family friendly' mean to you?
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Definitely way too many trees back there.
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Thanks all. Family friendly meaning we can use the space somehow. I understand it will never be a full yard unless we remove trees, but would like to use some pieces of it.

any suggestions on shade loving ground cover for grow zone 6?
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Family friendly = use the space ... is useless information. You can use the space right now but apparently you don't want to. So, what is it about the area that you don't want? Do you not like trees? Do you want a garden? Do you want an open grassy meadow? A manicured golf course? A patio with fire pit?
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I cleared a piece of property once and kept several clusters of nice maples, small but they would be beautiful as they matured. Then, one by one those clusters got in the way of future needs. Saving existing trees to fit your plans is difficult as those plans are far more important than all of those trees.

Make your back yard plans independent of the trees and remove what has to be removed. If in the end you want a tree somewhere that didn't get one of the originals, buy one and watch it grow. That also gives you an opportunity to add some variety in both color and function.

Note, removing all or many makes a mess just once. Taking them out one at a time over several years makes many messes.

Trees also mean leaves and with that many you will have an endless job of cleaning up.

Another note, you don't want a lot of trees too close to your house or your foundation.

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Zone 6 is zero to minus 10. Are you in the midwest ? Do you have deer roaming ? Do you need a privacy hedge ? Volleyball court ? How would you irrigate ?

Why not get some gardeners/landscapers over and ask for ideas. Don't sign anything.

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