Hello, I'm new to the forum and really have no experience in planting grass. I've been doing some reading and thought it would be best to just post my question here. I just purchased a new home in November and there are bare spots all over the yard! I'm assuming it's from all the shade but I don't really know. I want to plant grass and do whatever I need to in order to get a nice lawn going. My first mowing this year resulted in a mini-dust storm. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Believe me, the obvious is not so obvious to me at this point, Thanks! This is one of two areas in the yard that need help. This is the second (and worst) part of the yard. I recently cut down 2 pine trees and am thinking of cutting down 2 more. There were a row of 6 total but now there are four remaining. This part of the yard slopes and it seems to be washing away slowly. Thanks!