Answer: The best time for starting a new lawn is actually in the fall. Here is information on how to do that. It was written for New York state but is appicable to your area as well. And if you opt to try to do the lawn work this spring, the steps would be the same. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.
Your local Penn State county extension should also have information available and can help you with running initial soil tests and determining which specific lawn grass varieties perform best in your local soils and weather.
You can grow a wide variety of annuals and perennials in your new area. Container grown perennials can be planted from early spring onwards. Most annuals should be planted after the last spring frost. Your local professionally trained nursery staff should be able to help you select plants suited to your garden's growing conditions. However, a few perennials that should do well in a sunny spot would include daylilies(Hemerocallis), bulb lilies (Lilium), Siberian iris, (Iris sibirica), black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Sedum, and asters as well as the spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Enjoy your new garden!
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