Year one's plan starts with the removal of any overgrown and unwanted plants. This is also the time to solve problems with drainage and poor soil. Salvage as much as you can from your existing landscaping -- like the three shade trees saved here -- but don't be afraid to remove plants that don't fit your plans.
Even modest-sized trees are expensive, so it pays to plant them early in your landscape renovation. Smaller trees are also better able to adapt to the shock of being moved. For a more interesting design, plan on a mix of deciduous and evergreen varieties.
Continued on page 3: Year 1 Details