Posted: 15/02/2017 at 14:50
My goodness you certainly have some work to do. Firstly that bank needs stabalising, heavy rain over a period will wash the top away downhill. You may need to terrace it, there could be a nice surpentine path up it with low walls, sections above the walls levelled a bit then grass in rolls laid on it. Depends on your budget a weekend digger hire and a couple of helpers could do the preperation work although a plan of work would be needed. You have some heavy roots showing, if you cannt get a root grubber to get them out then drill them fill the holes with a root killer from the GC and cover with heavy plastic nailed on, otherwise you could find it growing. Make a feature with pots some ivy, gravel or slate to cover the eyesore, I did that and the wood rotted away over time.
Take the garden in sections, work on one part of the project at a time and finish that bit, you will have achieved something and feel good about that, a bit here and a bit there never completes anything you lose heart and interest. At first it will seem little although trying to complete the whole garden should be divided over more than a year, that is unless you can afford to get people in for the ground work. Tackle the bank first grass beds, a flower bed, plants in pots and containers that can be moved about, it will begin to look like a garden.