This will be our 3rd summer in this house, and we're finally going to have the front yard put in. We have the worst ground here, it's mostly rock with a little dirt around them - it's awful. We tried to figure out how we could take care of it ourselves, but finally decided it was beyond us to dig up all that rock and have several feet of new top soil brought in on top of sprinkler systems....before any plants are even thought of. We saved up the money and are just paying professionals to do it.
A whole crew worked all day and ended up with this wonderful, no rock, end result! Even just this dirt looks so much better than what we had before.
Unfortunately, here it has sat for a couple of weeks now. I had to be out of town for almost a week, and I didn't want the yard to be put in while I was gone. (Been there, done that - did not want to come back and have things not the way I wanted it done.) Evidently the cement edger person only works on Saturday -- so we're waiting until this Saturday for that to be done, and I guess that means that maybe we'll have the rest of the yard done next week.
We do have a little retaining wall already, though I think we're going to ask them to make it a little higher. Stay tuned, we hope to have green stuff soon :)