This is the front bed that the builder shaped out for us. It doesn't have much good soil; mostly clay.
It's a nice large bed. On the driveway side it's about 10 feet deep from the sidewalk to the house.
My brother and sister-in-law surprised us with a house-warming gift of an irrigation system around the house.
First order of business was calling the utilities before they dug. This is the natural gas line marked.
Next, they dug the trench around the house,
into the Courtyard
and back around to the front.
Connecting with the water well
These guys hand dug the weeds out of the front bed before spreading out and working in compost. I felt for them, I really did.
We also had this little Japanese Maple planted in the front bed. Isn’t she cute?
Shortly after the irrigation system was installed, it got so very hot that there wasn't much else we could do for the summer except keep the Japanese Maple and the peach trees watered.