In the front yard there are 3 beds here with good bones. The triangle bed has an olive tree at its peak, about 15 to 20 roses, 2 of which are half dead standards, at the other end. It has some day lilies, salvias, a couple of different Correas, Dutch iris, bearded iris a smattering of bulbs and some self seeding annuals. Generally a lot of bare soil and it's over run with a pretty grass that has most attractive drooping seed heads, but I don't want that grass in that bed. I don't want all that bare soil.
The big front border has about 1/2 dozen LARGE trees including a willow and a Eucalyptus.
The Eucalyptus end has a lot of callistemon and grevillea most of which are at least 8 feet tall and form a bit of a canopy over the area, there is no understory or ground planting here. The issues are privet, honeysuckle and ivy all being dropped into the leaf litter and sprouting.
The other end is the willow tree with a large rose climbing up it, under planted with camellias and a couple of hellebores, there are two large Correas in between each end. The entire willow tree end and through the mid section is overrun with very dense blue periwinkle (vinca major). It is climbing the Correas and Camellias, the camellias are also heavily polluted with privet and cotoneaster seedlings and black berry is beginning to creep in.
All the weeds through this bed, aside from the vinca major, are deposited via bird droppings.
The third front bed is largely shaded by the willow and has a couple of large oaks on one side. It has a smattering of roses, a few healthy grevillea shrubs, a beautiful Philotheca, a viburnum juddii a small, healthy box, a few other bits and pieces it has a lovely dark green ornamental grass spreading through it. The weeds of concern here are again privet and cotoneaster, along with general non welcome generic grasses and Blackberry!
So how do I tackle this? Is it a deal systematically with all weeds, in all the beds kind of deal, or focus on one bed at a time? I know the Vinca major is going to be a nightmare for a long time, do I try to free up the plants first, or start at the edge where it is least bad and work my way back into the depth of it? Do I select and grow new plants as I move through or wait till all the weeds are gone? Will the vinca major ever be entirely gone?