The two most important things to keep in mind when making suggestions
for this project are (a) lazy and (b) cheap. I do not want to spend
any more time or money on this than is absolutely necessary. I have
plenty of top soil to use. All else will have to come from my slush
fund which is limited.
The goal is to keep the mud down - period. Not for a Home & Garden over
photo. This part of the yard is used for storing junk and for hiding
out when the lovely wife starts swinging her rolling pin.
Size - 800 sq ft. 20 ft on a 5 degree slope x 40 ft.
Soil samples showed pH, P&K are fine. Added nitrogen according to the
test a few months ago and watered regularly. Did not see any change.
1/3 gets sun 6-10am and 2-4pm, St Augustine is doing fine
1/3 gets sun 6am-6pm, bad shape, some St Aug, mostly crab grass,
dandelions & weeds
1/3 gets sun 6-10am and 2-4pm, under pine trees and has 1/8-1/4 inch of
needles with nothing only a few weeds growing.
Any help for a lazy gardener is most appreciated!
PS -- My first thought is to break up the top 1/4-inch with rake, spread
some kind of perenniel seed, cover it over with top soil. Mash it down
and keep it wet until it comes up. How's that sound?