We've now lived in this house for almost 2 years and we bought full in the knowledge that the garden, as well as the house, needed some very serious grunt work to get it into shape. Our last house had been the same and took 4 years but was significantly smaller. What we learnt from the last house was invaluable for tackling this one - plan, don't rush, divide and conquer.
So, over the past 18 months we've mowed, weeded, broken 2 shredders, lost numerous secateurs to undergrowth, bent the root loppers & had professionals in to take out 11 60ft leylandiis that had overstayed their welcome by 15 years. They were shading everything as well as sucking the ground dry. They are now being burnt with great glee.
This is the same place the leylandii were removed & shrubs around taken out. The Voss's laburnum will be going too, soon.
Hopefully it won't be 18 months before the next garden progress blog!