In my neighborhood we share a gardening service for the common front yards. It's inexpensive and they come every week to "mow and blow". That's the good news.
The bad news is they occasionally come by unannounced and use their power hedge trimmers to trim the hedges. It's not like they actually prune the plants in an intelligent way. They just whack away. I hate the shaved look right after. This is what they did to the front walk yesterday. Persy isn't fond of it either. Sammy doesn't care.
Since they do us as a group, it's very difficult to ask them to treat one yard differently than the others. I've given up. At least they didn't shave the forsythia.
Also in the front yard is the crater created when the landscaper removed the iris plant I asked him to remove. Now I have a wheelbarrow full of iris plant in the back yard waiting for Bill and Leslie to come pick up. I'm planning to put a rose in its spot, and may order one today.