I live upstairs in a big white barn that got remodeled about 5 times too much. I'm directly across the street from the high school track field, the streets are actually brick, and we've got a lot of drug dealers on the block -- too bad they don't carry good weed. Here's the front yard:
Here's a closeup of the shrubbery to the left in the pic: one legacy of all the high school kids parking and walking on our street is tons of trash, which I pick off the street once a week or so. There's a LOT of embedded crap I'll have to weed out. The front yard is "property" of the downstairs neighbor who's been growing flowers for years now, but I'll still clean it up for her.
The backyard is a war zone. About 1/3 of the space is fenced off so that downstairs neighbor A's small dogs do not get mauled or raped by downstairs neighbor B's much larger dog, who is locked up on the back porch more or less all day and thus very aggressive and crazy. The backyard also provides a great vantage point to appreciate the fact the house's foundation cracked years ago and is drifting apart:
We're headed back to the garage now, where there's a vague clump of...something...by the door:
I will develop that and mulch it in about a week. I won't install anything too critical, though, since there's drainage issues with the entire garage, as we shall soon see.
The garage roof is free of any rain gutters, so there's clearly etched water damage in a neat rectangle around the structure. Out toward the back lot is the very worst, because that's also where the back alley AND the neighbor's driveway drain out:
So one of my main pet projects will be getting the water right in the back lot. Here's a side view:
And here's a view from against the garage:
Up next: measurements.