Slowly but surely, we have been trying to improve the looks of our backyard. We started with trying to trim the Bougainvillea, next I tried to REMOVE the Bougainvillea myself, and finally I hired someone to RIP OUT the Bougainvillea and cart it away. Phew!
In case you don't remember how bad it was, let me remind you:
Since then (end of March), Rick and I have been spending our paychecks enjoying many trips to the nursery together. We aren't quite finished, such as we need to repaint the fence, clear out the old white rock and replace it with something else, and the ivy needs to grow all the way across the back. But already it is a huge improvement.