"When we moved into our house there were so many trees and shrubs in our yard that it was hard to see our home from the street. After renovating the interior, there was not much money left in our budget to tackle the outside. So we contacted a landscape designer and told him he could have just about any tree or shrub on our property that he wanted in exchange for removing them himself.
"He brought in his crew and they dug up many of the problem trees, which he planted at other clients' homes. As an act of goodwill, he even removed some dead and dying vegetation for us. Then he filled in all the holes and graded our yard with fresh topsoil—all at no cost to us. After we gave our house a fresh coat of paint and added some new plantings in the yard, we turned our eyesore into a gem."