A big difference! Jamie Durie calls it "lifting the skirt."
Oh! I LOVE it!
Looks nice and it's so much better for mowing under now. When they start infringing on mowing height you know it's time to start pruning out what is not needed. Cher Sunray Gardens
Yes! That (mowing) was one of the motivations.....It was also looking just plain old bulky. We did this very quickly while waiting for a house guest to arrive. The plan is to remove a much larger circle of grass under it and do some under-planting. That's a job for another day.
Giving it some shape and making space for plantings. Sounds great.