When we began in 2006, the front yard was overgrown and neglected.
We removed the overgrown plants and pruned the trees. Plantings were added. Because there were 2 large pine trees, we modelled the new garden on a Muskoka plant community. The owner wanted the view to the street blocked and asked for a grove of Sumach for fall colour.
We kept the elements of the old garden that were still in good condition, and added a lot of new plants. The pine needle mulch was great for holding water and keeping the weeds down.