Ideas for front yard
I'm looking for some help with the front yard now that the big tree that dominated it is gone. That's what used to be in that large pile of saw dust in front of the door. I've already tried calling some local landscape designers but they're not very good about returning my calls. So move on and here I am. :)
I already have a design in mind but I'm open to anything. Some things I'd like to accomplish:
Low maintenance and water friendly.
No lawn. If I have to, I'd rather have a synthetic lawn. Hopefully that doesn't scare off too many of you.
A path from the side gate to either the sidewalk or drive way. I roll out trash bins every week.
Ideas to deal with the mailbox and that chimney! There was ivy growing up to the roof line which was removed with the tree.
Replace the side gate and fence and all of the accompanying ivy that covers it, the block wall to the right, and currently creeping across the yard. There are two little trees on my side of the yard, the rest belong to the neighbor or are in the back yard.
The garage door is also going, so some front repainting will most likely be involved.
I know all of this work won't be cheap so any advice on the kind of budget I should be targeting.
Thanks very much!