This is not the case now, and we are taking full advantage of it before the rush of spring hits. We have a long way to go before the outside looks the way we want it. It is a former model home for our neighborhood so the landscaping is full of well groomed pom-pom bushes. Eventually I'd like to return the yard to more of a nativescape that is a little more drought tolerant, and a little less antiseptic looking.
We also took out the pom-pom bushes that were hiding the columns on the front porch. They were full of wasp nests and hid our view of the park across the street. Ok, I say we, but really I found cc out there one morning with an old axe hacking away at the stumps. She was so tired of looking at them she didn't want to wait for the saw. We also added a few planted pots on the porch, which only have pansies in them now, but they add a little winter color.
We haven't made alot of change on the side yard or the fenced in yard. We decided to wait until next year and live with the house a summer before making any decisions. Now matter when we'll add more changes, it's feeling more like home.