Garden project: I want to renovate the backyard since Hurricane Ike has given me some time off. Any ideas?
I live in Houston and almost never go into the backyard because of the heat and the ants. As a result, the yard has been neglected. Here are some photos
I have a lot of time off due to Hurricane Ike disruptions, so I'd like to fix this up a little. I'm not interested in anything complicated like waterfalls or ponds or terraces. I would be interested in putting fruit trees or trees for shade and other long-term low maintenance plants.
It's about medium sized for a Houston suburb home. It's a rectangular shaped backyard that gets lots of sunlight. I don't know anything about gardens, and I have someone cut the grass.
I'd like the place to look clean and visually appealing, but to be easy to maintain for a beginner. I tried taking a box of seeds and growing flowers, but it never turned out like the Burpee pictures show.
Sorry I'm rambling. Where would I begin to rework this backyard?
I don't know what I want other than it should be relatively simple, relatively inexpensive and able to survive the Houston climate and soil.