It is easy to see why the neighbors have been stopping by in droves to compliment the new front yard. It is much more conventional than before. When we bought the house 20 years ago, we ripped out the grass and planted a rather wild cottage garden. The weeding was much more work than just mowing a lawn, but we loved the look of it. People would stop their cars in the middle of the street to look at it. When we started our renovations 2 years ago, the garden went to seed and weed and we just don't have the time or energy for it anymore.