My son just bought a home in Johnson County with a ridiculously large lawn. It's a 4.7 acre property with, I'd estimate, about 3 1/2 acres of well established fescue lawn - much more lawn than anyone needs or wants.
There's woods and a creek bordering the property. Except for the front street, the property does not directly abut any maintained anything.
What we'd like to do is reduce the amount of formal high-maintenance lawn by: 1) establishing a perimeter 'prairie garden' and, 2) planting some kind of evergreen as a both a visual screen and a design element.
I'm aware of the problems with Scots and Austrian pines. I've had good experience with a fastigate form of Pinus strobus at my property in Johnson county. They look good, have been non-fussy and they grew fast.
I wonder if you could supply some words of wisdom about the feasibility and implementation of this idea?
And ... we are totally open to other suggestions as well. Like any gardening project, cost and a desire for quick results dominate our thinking.
Appreciate your sage counsel. - George -