We, Ben and I, had always hated the tiny rocks that surrounded our house. They were these little red lava-rocks or something. They never stayed put, the kids got them all over the sidewalks and grass, the paper thing underneath (to prevent weeds from popping up) was showing all over, and it was just unsightly. So finally we (i.e, mainly Ben) did something about it.
We dug up the rocks, ripped up the paper stuff, smoothed the ground, dug, etc., etc. - finally laying down paving stones and surrounding sod (our paving stone path wasn't as wide as the rocks had been, thus the sod). And I finally got some pots to put flowers in - whaahoo!
I think it totally cleans up the front of our home and I love it.