My wife and I just built a brand new home here in NEPA and while the home itself was built to a high standard, our front yard left much to be desired.
Our front yard measures approximately 40' x 30' and consists of our septic mound in the center, which was made level with the rest of our property and adjacent driveway.
In the almost three years we've been in the home the front has always been mostly weeds with a few patches of grass that come in only in spots. It looks awful.
We live on the end of a cul-de-sac surrounded by tall deciduous trees. The ground-cover is mostly ferns.
I've recently begun thinking how much nicer it would be to have a "Grassless," lawn. My thoughts were as follows:
-Kill all existing weeds and grass with a glyphosate product
-Secure a 5oz weed barrier to the front yard https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W6900S/
-Cover the area with mulch / wood chips and a pre-emergent
-Plant a few shrubs for aesthetics.
We're both young first time home owners and want to make sure we do things correctly. I'm also a world-famous penny-pincher.
I was hoping to pick your brains about my above endeavor, seeking your opinions on the best possible way I could go about doing this myself and being met with the most successful result possible. I've already accepted that I'll be investing in a good shovel and that lots of time behind a wheel barrow may be in my future.
A specific question I had on the mulch was whether or not I had to put down all of the same type of mulch throughout or if I could use a more economical mulch underneath and a more decorative wood chip on top?
The ultimate goal here is a front yard that looks pleasing, is devoid of weeds and does not require me to break out the mower.
Your opinions are greatly appreciated.