Complete Beginner Here - Retaining Wall Ideas
Hello! First let me start out by saying that I am completely new to landscaping, besides mowing grass and digging some holes here and there for various things! Anyhow, we have lived in our cozy home for about 6 years now and embarassingly enough I have not really done much to make it look nice outside. I mow and whatnot, but there is a lot of work to be done. I had not done anything because to be honest, we were not planning on living there too long, but looks like we are here at least for a while and have plans to remodel the inside and so I wanted the outside to look good as well. Plus I am looking for another hobby to do with the family (This would be me, my lovely wife, and three kids - 12, 11, and 3).
I have already started on a few small things, and I am sure you will all see me here frequently with many questions!
Let me also say that we are working with a small budget for the time being while my wife and I both finish our degrees and while I am the only one really working.
That being said, the first thing that I have a question about has to do with a very ugly retaining wall that I have to see every day. Our house is built into a hill and our house is actually lower in elevation than the road. When they built the house in 1943, they used a 4 foot tall retaining wall to hold back the street essentially. :)
It is plain concrete - flat and ugly and looks like a sidewalk stood up on its side! My first thought was to simply use rocks on the oustide of the wall to have a much better look. This would be a fine idea it is just we do not have the money to spend. I could do the work myself, but wanted to go another route that is cheaper. (Sorry I do not have any pictures by the way - I cannot seem to find any that I have taken of the ugly wall!).
So, I got to thinking, what are some other ideas I could use to fix up this wall? By the way, I had thought about shrubs in front, but that won't really work because our front yard is not that big and the kids use the front to play (the backyard is just one big hill) and I think that something like that would take up too much yard.
Although, if I used tall skinny types of shrubs or small trees, that might work?
What about some sort of plant that would crawl on it and eventually cover the ulgy cement? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!