Re: New owners of badly neglected yard and plantings
Well, start with what you can. A string trimmer will take care of the grass if you can't run a mower in the area, you could also rent/buy a string type mower which will be far safer to use in a rocky environment. Before you get too deeply involved, you may want to give some thought as to what your ultimate goal is. That way, you don't get too far into this without a plan
The poison oak/ivy will need to be sprayed or pulled and disposed of, DO NOT burn it, as it will release those oils which could then be inhaled and cause more severe problems. Wear long pants, long sleeves, long gloves, work boots and at least eye protection if not full face protection when dealing with it. Bag all clothing at the end of the day and wash separately from all other clothing. A soap called Fels Naptha is designed to break down and remove the oils associated with poison oak/ivy. Use care around any plants you wish to save.
Depending on the level of work you want to go to, the rock could be screened out of the soil, but this will be a lot of work, no doubt about it.
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