I am embarrassed to admit that we have been in our house for nearly 3 years and we have not completed landscaping our back yard . Our front yard is done and looks OK, and we have a white vinyl fence, so nobody can really see the back, but it looks so horrible. Our dilemma is that after you walk about 20 feet out our back slider, there is a very steep hill that goes up to the fence that surrounds our neighborhood. We constantly look at landscape books to get ideas but we cannot figure out what to do. Right now it's just dirt and weeds . It's so steep we hate to just put sod down because I think it would be difficult to mow. Also, the neighbors on either side have done cottage stone walls, but I know it cost a fortune (like around $6000 ) and we'd like to keep the cost down.
So, has anybody ever hired a landscape architect? Was it worth the $$$? Or can you just get advice from a nursery? We are willing to do the work ourselves, but just need help with the plan.
Any experts or someone with experience on this subject out there?