So we went from lushness to tada...a big mess.
I know it looks a little barren, but I'm not going to miss the banana tree, which after the first frost turns into a bunch of dead withered leaves. (Apparently you aren't supposed to cut these off until after any chance of frost has passed, so you're stuck with them.) For half the year the tree looks hideous and the other half it attracts bees and makes a sticky mess. We also discovered it was starting to grow underneath our siding.
I've finished the initial clean-up and now the real fun begins.
There's nothing more exciting than a blank expanse of quality soil. I can't wait to get my fingers dirty.