When we moved to this house, I knew it needed a lot of work. Labour is cheap, and the garden needed attention! With more time than money, we donned work gloves, graciously accepted the help from others in the family willing to bring a chainsaw and a truck for hauling, and got busy.
One thing I really hated was that the front of the home was really blocked by shrubs that had not been placed well. The feeling I got looking at the property from the curb is that it looked overgrown. I wanted to at least be able to see the front door when I drove up.
Here is the first picture, taken before we moved in. I gave away the Rhodo in the center of the front garden, a teardrop shaped garden against the carport. We dug out the shrubs to the left of it, and removed the tree to the right of it. We kept the umbrella birch tree.
Against the house, we removed the evergreen bushes growing over the window in the left of the picture.