I use to joke that my dad would invite me over to his house only because he didn't know how to start a lawn mower or trim a tree.  In his later years something happened.  He became a master gardener.  To the point that his walk through garden won many awards in Casper, WY.  I never thought I had that touch, but in the past few years I've got very serious about my yard.  Yesterday a neighborhood couple out for a walk complimented me on how nice my yard always looks!  I'll take it.  From removing a couple of ugly bushes and red rock, to completely re-landscaping myself, I'm pretty proud of the way it looks.  More important, it was nice to just sit outside and enjoy.