These are some before and afters that Alex threw together of our back yard.
They are not all the exact same angle, but you get the idea. The sandy spot on the far right will have a sand box eventually.
Poisonous oleander, black widow hiding rocks, rosebushes, sludge/dead frog-filled decorative ponds, and cactus have made way for green grass.
Even the tree is happier. Look, it grew leaves so it would match the lawn instead of staying naked to match the rocks.
*If you click on the picture to see it bigger, click on "all sizes" when it takes you to flickr. That will get the full resolution one.