Last summer, my perennial garden (never lovely at the best of times, really) went to pot. By that I mean: the weeds consumed it, choked out many plants, and became a crazy hot mess.
This year, it's going to be different. Starting on Wednesday, my wonderful friend Karen came over for the price of a field hand lunch (roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots) and yanked weeds out. Then, we dug out all the remaining plants, separating out those to keep and replant, and lots to rehome.
After just that step, it already looked so much better. But, things just progressively got better and better. The next day, I dug several miles of roots and sheet mulched the sunny corner (which was a solid mat of horribleness). Finally, it started looking like a garden.