Renovating the back yard is HARD, but it is so rewarding. To the untrained eye, it may appear we still have a big mess out back, but I can see everything taking shape.
For those of you who don't know, my goal is a treed oasis in the back yard. We've planted maple, sand cherries, lilacs (Darrell moved them from the front yard where he doesn't want them), a magnolia, russian olive, and a great hawthorne, to name a few. Lots of shrubs, and limited flowers, though I did find some glory of the snow around the other side of the house, and have moved some to the back.
Much thanks to my friends at Shades of Green for the advice about replacing the 75 wheelbarrows full of weeds from the back hill with cotoneaster! We now have a big pile of soil in the back and that will help us finish what needs finishing!