Our house, is a very very very fine house!
Last week, the Edging Contractor Dude (who cashed the deposit check back at the beginning of June, mind you) finally showed up and did his thing. This is what it looked like when he was done.
Yesterday I ordered mulch and reserved a sod cutter (looks rather like a tiller, but with a different blade).
Today the whole family (some of us happier about it than others, of course) worked on the beds. Dad ran the cutter, while the rest of us (a) picked up what was cut, (b) carted away wheelbarrows full of unwanted sod and rocks, and/or (c) dug up by hand parts the cutter couldn't reach (Dad also helped with this part when cutter duty was done). Then we used the aforementioned wheelbarrows again to deposit the mulch (delivered ON TIME this morning, as promised-- Garden Center Contractor is obviously NOT related to Edging Contractor) around and about. Back on hands and knees to spread a thick layer, and to pull out any missed weeds, and...
Behold, the end result!
We finished 75-80% of the work today, before various commitments took helping hands away. The rest will wait until tomorrow afternoon.
And now, I am headed for SUCH a hot bath!