Good thing I have curtains downstairs, to prevent creepers like this from looking in. After removing the ugly retaining blocks, we decided to backfill a little more dirt against the house because we thought it wasn't sloped away from the house enough.
You know how long it takes to do something with your 3 year old helping? About three times longer than it would have without them. Luckily, we have a child-sized shovel so he could remove the dirt we'd already placed while we weren't looking. The people from Craigslist also took the huge evergreen on the south west corner of the house.
They left a nice hole for us to plant something new, too. Jury is still out on the three lilacs that were ruthlessly trimmed into a hedge between the driveway and walkway. I'm not sure if we will keep them, it depends on how good they look, smell, and if we can move them to the backyard or not.
I love lilacs, but this is just too big to keep in this area.
Now we have to come up with a plan for the front of the house. I really don't have any idea what to do, since we can't cover the lower windows and the house is really tall and boxy. Hopefully inspiration hits, because the people in our neighborhood with houses like ours are definitely not winning any landscaping awards! Oh yeah, and there is the little issue of the ugly door, railing, mailbox, address plaque, and light
Not sure what we can afford to do with this mess right now, but I'm thinking!