Hey guys. First off, just would like to say, landscaping has never been my thing, but realized without the cash to hire someone, its not going to look good on its own. I'm not scared to get my hands dirty, so I'm looking for a little bit of help, with some material info, what I should put where, etc etc.
First things first.
My driveway: The previous owner decided to put down that wonderful red dirt you often see in baseball dugouts as the driveway material. (yupp! everything is nice and red after it rains) So, I plan on replacing that, BUT while doing so, I would like to widen the driveway and have maybe the same sort of material extend along side the garage as a walkway towards the backyard.
So, what should I build up the driveway with (where there is currently grass/mud), and then after removing all the red dirt, what would be the best substrate to use as the driveway? (I need something that isn't too loose, as I do maintenance on my vehicles on it, and often need the use of a carjack)
As far as drainage goes, is there something I could put along side the driveway (in ground) to assist the drainage of water towards the street, so it doesn't flow towards my neighbors house? I cannot build it up too high, as my garage sits fairly low.
Here is a rough shot from my driveway looking alongside the garage, so you can have a rough idea. I'm in process of removing some trees, so don't mind the mess lol
Also included is a shot of roughly I plan on doing, the brown being the driveway/walkway, and I plan on placing some shrubs along my neighbors fence down the walkway, so it looks a little more nice
Here is a shot from looking the other direction. so yeah, you can see where I would like to widen the driveway (it is almost a perfect line to the road)
Edging; what would be an opinion on a decent edging for this situation? to go basically from the road way, all the way to where this photo was taken?
basically where the ladder is and also between the 2 trees, is where I will be planning on putting some shrubs, on the opposite side of the edging.
I hope my thoughts are somewhat clear, and you folks could offer any advice possible. Its my first house, so I'm stuck with having not so nice things lol.
Thanks a bunch.