Mulching leaves & restoring abandoned lawn
I moved into a new home this summer that had sat empty for a long time. While the lawn was merely mowed every so often but was never given any care outside of that. There is grass growing in the lawn, but it is not very thick, and I am looking to thicken it up and make it look fuller.
At my old home, the lawn thrived by me just simply mulching the leaves in the winter, and applying lime about once a month or so. At that house, I had two maple trees in the yard, and the grass received plenty of sunlight. At this house, there are 8 trees in the 1/2 acre yard...mostly oaks and pines, but there's one maple. The yard is shaded for most of the day by these trees.
With the significantly higher amount of leaves that are falling, would it be too much leaf mulch than the yard could absorb? Also, Is it the pine tree droppings that turn the soil acidic? If so, that means I will need more lime, or I should just be more diligent in picking up the pine needles. How does the regular tree debris effect the fertilizer I should put down. Just looking for any thoughts on this topic. I'm not looking for putting green perfect lawn, but just want something that's a little thicker, greener and nicer looking than what's there.
This picture is from the Real estate ad taken early last spring. It's a little forward in the front yard, and doesn't show the two pines or the oak, but you can see the spots between the two bushes and under the picture window where the grass is a bit sparse