Here is the closest picture I can find:
We decided to fight back against the ugly. We re-purposed stones from the chimney that was taken down to make a barrier wall, weeded everything but the ferns out, used newspapers as weed growth - preventer, and put in landscape stones to finish the area. It was HARD WORK... the border stones had been relocated to the far end of the property and had to be wheelbarrowed back up. But we are so happy we finally did it! A busy but rewarding day.
Near the side door:
(Propane tank hopefully is next to go-relocated around the corner of the house)