Oh boy could I ever use some ideas. I bought this house exactly a year ago. It was a rental for way too long and as a result is pretty horrible when it comes to the yard. I'll attach some pictures (from last year) and the bird's eye view (sideways just to keep the image a little larger). Basically it's a blank slate
The house was built in 1930, bungalow, 40' wide lot, the back is about (I am guessing) 40' long and gets quite a bit of sun especially in the afternoon. It is half grass half weeds, has a huge overgrown lilac, and a rickety ugly fence. Oh yeah and a fire pit that I really have zero use for.
I need to get started on fixing it up as easily and cheaply as possible. For instance I am going to paint my side of the fence and hopefully if I can get hold of the owner next door (a rental) see if I can cut some shape or something in it (along the top maybe) until such time as it can be replaced.
1: there are huge dents/divits from someone having pavers for parking a trailer or something. Some are nearly 6" deep and dangerous. Two tracks of them that take up a lot of the yard and make it difficult to mow (nearly the whole lot is uneven from neglect).
2: Weeds, quack grass, you name it
Ideas I'd like:
1: where some beds could go. I am actually interested in getting rid of as much lawn as possible although I don't want to lose it all as my dog likes to roll around
2: How I might incorporate a path or some interest of some sort
3: Where I might put trees and what types (thinking maybe a flowering type as well as evergreens, bushes...love rose bushes). Truth be told, I would like some ideas for xeriscape to keep the watering down but it's not as important as just getting the yard into some shape that would be nice to visit. We are zone 2a here, so limited in choices.