In our rear courtyard we had to largish trees. We decided it was time for them to go and be replaced with smaller plants. It took me several weekends, slowly chopping and pruning but I eventually removed them. I then built a new small dividing fence between our two garden levels. Then we planted new small flowering plants. Our courtyard has pavers and they were looking dirty and yucky after winter. I got out the water pressure cleaner and gave them a good clean. As a Christmas present to ourselves we bought a 3.5m umbrella to provide some shade, now the trees are gone. The area looks a lot better, and even a bit bigger.