Hi Afgrey! We bought a house in 2010 that was a foreclosure. It came with a badly neglected front and back yard. The "lawn" is nothing but crabgrass, some other grass like looking stuff and assorted weeds
. Eventually the whole thing with have to be ripped out. We did take out a bunch of bushes by the house and a ficus in the front yard. The ficus had to go because its roots will rip our main drain apart, if we left the tree up. Lucky it was too young to do any damage yet. I have now gotton a lot of Southern Caif "native" plants by the house. They are starting to get the look I wanted. Its been a lot of work, but worth it!