This is what our front yard looked like in the early 80s. The clusters of aspens were fairly thin on the ground.
The odd-looking pine trees, a couple of them, were in back of the aspens. All they did was interfere with the neighbor's lovely large spruce in back of them. Oh and we all became colored sometime in the 90s.
Big guys with big tools and big trucks came calling in the summer of 2011 after we had let things get almost out of control.Those pine trees were very ugly, so it was no big problem to remove them.
The aspens grew quickly and by the late 90s were giving so much shade that the flowers and shrubs underneath did not grow well. Our hydrangeas were forever stunted. As you can see here in this picture from the summer of 2011 we took out the old pine trees and left just a lump of sawdust where they grew.
And then, in addition to removing the old, large pine trees we "raised the canopy" on the remaining aspen trees. Not all of the latter made the cut as you can see if you don't mind my pun.
And eventually the whole process starts over with some ornamental trees planted in Fall 2011.