Posted: 03/06/2014 at 09:41
You say you're not in a rush so I would suggest leaving things much as they are through the summer and identify any plants you want to keep for the raised beds. Then you will be in a much better position to make the changes and at the same time save yourself money by not having to buy so much for your new raised beds.
I fully appreciate why the current garden doesn't suit your requirements when you have young children and need something low maintenance.
Last year we completely gutted our garden and are starting again from scratch. Many of the plants in our garden were very old and woody having been planted by our predecessors.
Be aware - starting from scratch is not a cheap job. We have spent literally hundreds of pounds on plants alone so far. Our garden is pretty big but we are enjoying the experience.