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You know the shrubs I mean–those nondescript evergreens the builder left you with.
Just pull them out.
I did work hard to improve the soil. The builder’s evergreens were surviving in nasty North Carolina clay. Maybe that’s why those things are planted so much. They will grow anywhere–
Finally–if you want to make the most of your garden space, I highly recommend Out of my Shed, the blog written by Naomi in crowded London. A professional Gardener who uses every bit of her small garden and then some, she’s organized neighbors to grow fruits and vegetables in the tiny spaces between their homes and the street. Inspiring and beautiful. Her work is always making me rethink my spaces.