Hi everyone - this is my first post here and I'm looking for some advice for taking back my yard.
My wife and I bought our first home in Central New Jersey a little over a year ago. This past year we've primarily focused on the inside of the house while trying to maintain the outside so it wasn't too overgrown. Now I'm trying to take back our yard. An incredibly helpful neighbor has helped me rip out some ivy and pull up paving stones where the previous owner had a dog kennel. I want to till up the dirt and spread grass seed and fertilizer but I'm unsure of the best stuff to get.
I was told that nitrogen-rich fertilizer is good because it makes the dirt less friendly for weeds while giving a great environment for grass to grow. I found this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/36-lb-Organi ... /100618523 - Has anyone here used this stuff or should I be thinking about going another route? Ideally I'd like to go as natural as possible while actually achieving my end goal
I also have no idea what kind of grass seed to get.
Lastly - I feel like poison ivy is growing in on us from all sides - I think I know the answer to this but is there any other effective way to take care of this stuff other than manual removal? I'm highly allergic and have already gotten it several times this past year.
Thanks in advance for any advice!