Remove ivy from front yard hill and replace with what?
I HATE the ivy holding the dirt in place on my front lawn. It was there when I bought the house. I've already started removing it but I don't know what I want to put in its place. I was thinking of installing a 2'-3' timber retaining wall and leveling the yard enough to plant grass.
1) Any other suggestions of what to do with this space would be greatly appreciated. Cost is definitely a major factor here. Maybe just plant wheat?
2) The soil is extremely muddy for days after a rain, even in the "level" part of the lawn. What would be a good drainage solution? I specifically want to stop the pooling of water at the base of the hill. The pooling is already at sidewalk level so I can't drain to a lower point. I need to fill that hole and get the water running down the sidewalk to the street.