We finally began our landscaping project yesterday. The backyard was beautiful when we bought the house, but really not very child-friendly. The koi pond was lovely (filled with large Japanese koi fish) but it was a potential drowning hazard so we sold the fish and drained the pond pretty soon after moving in. The backyard also had a lot of uneven surfaces, lots of rocks to throw, and lots of concrete. Not a lot of grass or flat space to put a play structure or even a blow up swimming pool. In the pictures I've posted you can use the peach tree in the back left to orient yourself. Here's what it looked like when we bought the house in October 2005.
And here's what it looked like after a year and a half of near-neglect:
This is at the end of Day1 of construction:
And this is at the end of Day 2!
And this is Drew mesmerized by the big tractors in our backyard!