Ow, today hurts after spending all of Saturday and Sunday making my front yard suck less. It's been a pseudo-eyesore for a while now and we've never really thought about putting much effort into it until this year.
Summer was especially hard on the front lawn and large chunks of the grass died along the east and west edges. My wife sketched out an idea for the yard, I made a run to Lowe's and we started Saturday morning by digging out all of the dead grass and weeds.
After the grass was cut out, we raked out the rest of the dead grass, planted the new plants and hammered in the new plastic lawn edging.
Next step, ordering the rock and gravel to go where the grass once was and we're done!