Need help with overall landscape/layout
I could really use some help figuring out what to do with our landscaping. Mostly figuring out the big picture layout, then I can start focusing in on specific details in certain areas.
Most of the existing plants are about 15 years old (when the house was build). One area in particular (on the west side of the house) was planted as a memorial garden probably about 5 years ago, maybe a little more. We moved in about 3 years ago and neglected upkeep (clueless first-time homeowners), and have started getting things back on track starting last year with removing some bushes, and major pruning earlier this year. Still a long way to go, but we need a plan before we can do much more.
Things to consider:
- want fairly simple and low-maintenance
- need budget-friendly
- have 2 large dogs
- want something that we can do ourselves in stages
- house faces North (driveway on North side)
Here's an aerial view of our property. Will post more pictures with info. The dotted line is about where we have a hill with a row of junipers on the slope, with trees up on top of the hill. The hill separates what we consider the "backyard" from the "back backyard". Right now we're not concerned about the stuff past the dotted line (the "back backyard").