I'm probably throwing good money after bad with this project, but last fall I had some big trees on my property thinned out. I think the guy called it 'wind sailing' the trees, so they were less likely to come down in a windstorm and since I live in the foothills, I figured the ol' ounce of prevention was worth the pound of cure come last November.
Anyway, since branches had been hanging low under this tree for years, the "grass" beneath was scraggly at best. This year I decided to get a truck-load of landscape timbers and some good soil for what might possibly grow there. After the wind sailing operation some daylight was getting to that spot and I was encouraged thinking I could plant something that would thrive in the shade.
Another consideration was my deer and bunny population. I have a growing family of rabbits on the almost acre here and between them and Bambi, I wasn't about to throw my $$ to the wind on something they'll devour overnight. Thanks to Tami Bennett's advice, I bought a flat of 36 Periwinkles (Vinca Minor) and stuck them in the soil. According to what I could find, this variety of flower is not high on the critter's munch list, so I took the advice.
Oh that soil might not look like but a few bags but actually it is two TONS of good quality top soil, from two trips in my 50 year old Studebaker pickup truck!
So... I'm not expecting much growth this season, but I think it sure looks better than that scraggly patch of grass that was there. Oh and yes, I know my lawn is full of dandelions but I'm okay with it. They're green, they mow down and I hate putting chemicals all over the yard. Besides that, with almost an acre I'd be broke!