Our yard and gardens constantly change. That is one of the nice things about gardening and landscaping, plants grow, landscapes change and you can change them.
When we started landscaping our yard, it was mainly a lawn. All the trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses are ones we planted over the last 9 years.
We started with our front yard- the most public space and have worked or reworked areas as time and out ideas have allowed. Here are a few pictures showing some of the changes. Site preparation is essential, including removing sod, installing edging, something to control weeds (like newspaper or landscape fabric- depending on the site), mulch and careful plant selection. Typically we will water the bed or area we landscape for the first season to allow plants to get established, and beyond that they are on their own. It is critical to water to get the plants established but after the first winter we have found it is really not necessary.