The first thing I did was prune the trees just to the left of the front porch. One is a hydrangea and the other was what I THOUGHT was a magnolia bush. So, I pruned the HELL out of both of them. The hydrangea seems to be rebounding.
Ummm...can't say that for the non-magnolia bush. Turns out it is a rhododendron. I found that out by using this link from VA Tech.
Sooooo, instead of looking like this
Mine looks like this
Uggh. I have a lot to learn.