Well we finally finished our first major hardscape/landscape project. The house looked horrible when we showed up. Holly bushes running along the front of the yard, a chain link fence, bushes scattered throughout the yard, tree stumps and clumps of bushes that had grown together along the front of the house. All in all we removed 3 1/2 tons of yard debris. Had the whole yard grinded to get rid of the rootmat and then regraded the yard so the water would run away from the house. Because of the height of the yard off the sidewalk, and due to the other trees in the yard, we opted to build a foot tall retaining wall around the yard. We then laid St. Augustine sod. Planted a couple of white angel azaleas (big in the Wilmington area, home of the Azalea Festival), and a yellow lady banks rose on the side of the house. Cleaned up and laid gravel along the side of the house and the driveway. Nothing too crazy hard, but just wanted to see what you seasoned veterans thought about it. Feel free to tear us apart or whatnot, constructive criticism is always good.