It will be a few months before we have the cash in hand to pay for the work that needs to be done - removing our trees, tilling the yard, repair/install the irrigation system, installing sod and installing the new decorative landscape.
In the meantime, we've taken advantage of warmer winter days and cut down a bunch of the trees and shrubs in the backyard that need to go. While it will be a while before we have a plan designed and installation done back there (no one can see it in its pitiful state, thank goodness!), the trees were harming the foundation and the shrubs were half-dead. By removing them ourselves, we've saved quite a bit of money in the eventual project.