Daunted by a new start
I'm new to this website and new to gardening apart from growing a bit of veg in a raised bed, and am feeling a bit bamboozled by the garden!
Both front and back gardens have always been just boring areas of very weedy and mossy 'grass'. We are having an extension on the back of the house at the moment and in the process, everything has been trashed and needs a new start. Please ignore all of the building materials in the pics. So...I don't really know where to start and what to do first! The work will be finished in about a month so any ideas or advice gratefully received.
The soil is really hard heavy clay so will need something digging into it I think. We'd only like a small amount of lawn but it doesn't have to be traditional grass, and would love to encourage wildlife in.
My other half is desperate to dig out all of the shrubs in the back garden and start from scratch, as they have not been cared for properly for years and are a bit woody, mis-shapen and overgrown - is this a possible task?!
Sorry for the long message - but any input would be great! x