Posted: 09/01/2015 at 12:57
There, how exciting!!!, I moved into our current 1 acre 4 years ago in December, my advice, is not to clear everything out or cut all back, I would wait until next October to have the big clear out, because plants look at their worst in winter, and in my own experience, something that I thought had to go initially, proved to be part of the structure of the garden and were nice to keep since they earned themselves to be there!!
Also work out, your soil type, sun positions and any exposed and or sheltered spots, this would come handy and save money on replacement plants, and or big garden schemes
Also watch what the neighbours are growing and what seems to be thriving in your area, or anything you like, I spotted a lovely Cardoon plant on the walk to the swing park!!
Have fun and learn to propagate plants (much more fun and more rewarding), get a cheapi green house, and do a natural mound compost heap for all that composting rubbish, it would come handy in two years time when you need to raise bed, and or mulch etc. Nothing special just a mound or a heap in one hidden corner where you dump all your clearing and pruning.