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Ugly backyard area with no sun and hard ground. What can I do?

My backyard is all shade now and I can't get any grass to grow. We have a low deck that steps down into dirt now. I covered it with more pinestraw so I wouldn't have to look at dirt. Thought about tearing down the deck and building some sort of hardscape, but it seems expensive. The ground is extremely hard now and downright ugly. I would love ideas that are cost effective and would be pretty to look at.

Submitted by julie.janofsky

We have many stories online about shade gardening and landscaping that should provide you with ideas.

Answered by DSchrock

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