We moved into a house (zone 7-8) about a year ago on approx. 1/2 acre. There are flower beds EVERYWHERE, and apparently the owner before last was an avid gardener and even a professional landscaper.
We're a young and busy family and we're not interested in spending every weekend on yard work. Hubby has already spent more than $400 in mulch and has only done 1/2 of the flower beds. I'm fine with having beds on the perimeter of the house, but the ones in the middle of the yard just have to go.
So I have 2 questions:
1) Is it a feasible idea to remove old flower beds and plant grass, or will there always be a "difference", like puny clumps of grass or something?
2) I'm posting a pic below (from April when everything was tidier. Now it's all weeds). This is part shaded woodland/part sunny. There's kind of an island of trees with this raised flower bed area. How could we best manage this? We're totally inexperienced and are not "gardeners" by any means, but we do want a nice looking property. This area is huge.
Mulching could be expensive and time consuming (to put down and then weed all year) and a ground cover of some kind might attract snakes (we have copperheads in our area). Fallen leaves also tend to collect in this area.
Thanks so much for any advice!