As I've stated before, my yard is pretty huge by Vallejo standards. It was completely overgrown with weeds, volunteer trees, more weeds, a 20'x15' blackberry bush, and other plant life. This summer, I've made it my business, with the help of my family and friends, to get this nasty yard into shape.
But you wouldn't believe what kind of progress we are making back there! It still looks rough, but we're pretty much stripping it down to its bare bones so that I can plant beautiful things next year, and invest in more attractive landscaping features.
The other thing to consider is the drought here in California. I'm not watering the "lawn" (and by "lawn" I mean "patch of dirt and weeds"); only the vegetables and plants are getting water as needed. The plants I've purchased so far are drought friendly, so mine isn't the most lush of gardens.
Anyway, here are some updates. Click on through for pictures.