One of the bigger investments we made in our backyard project was paying for tree limb removal and general tree cleanup. We have 5 trees in our backyard that have pretty much been left alone to grow wild all over the place. We knew we needed to trim off a lot of dead limbs but after having a few arborists or "tree whisperers" (self proclaimed nickname) out to the house we realized we might need to make a bigger investment and really clean and shape up our trees.
One of the biggest advantages of the tree work is getting a lot more sun into our backyard. Previously it was pretty much entirely shade for 70% of the day...this caused problems when it came to planting flowers and veggies that need sunlight. Now we have a lot more sun coming in which means better growth and an all around happier back yard.
Now that the trees are cleaned up, let the sod work begin!!