Recently I arrived at a decision to reduce the size of the garden in the front yard. My existing garden meanders around all four sides of the house. For a few years now I've been having trouble maintaining everything to my standards. I started the garden as a source of relaxation and enjoyment. Lately I feel like all my spare time must be devoted to it and I don't like that feeling. I'm currently in the process of removing and reshuffling plants. Two friends have already left with truckloads of fairly choice shade plants. Another friend is taking a couple of the larger shrubs. Last weekend I reset the new front bedline. Phase two will be to remove the rest of the plants and reset the back bedline. Phase three will be installing new lawn. Not that I have any immediate plans to do so but I'm also hoping that when the time comes to sell my house I'll have the garden reduced to a size that will not scare away the average buyer. At this point any normal person would run screaming for the hills.
When I think of all the time I spent removing grass to initially design the front garden I have to chuckle at the new turn of events. By most people's standards I still have a large front garden. By most people's standards I will probably always have a large front garden. When the time comes to sell I may just have to turn my back and hire someone to pull everything out and plant grass as I doubt I'll be able to accomplish that particular task myself. In the meantime I'll just edit here and there and hope for the best.