Here's what I've been working on for the last 4 weekends. Adding a couple of feet in height to a "berm" which is a barrier that divides our yard from the wetlands behind us. I added topsoil by the truckload (6 truckloads) using a shovel and a garden rake (see pic). Then I covered it with about 3 truckloads of shredded hardwood mulch. The pictures may not be breathtaking, but believe me, compared to how it looked before, I want to spend hours out back just soaking in the view. I love the wall of trees, the sounds of many types of birds, and the sun/shade of this backyard. This is one of the reasons we bought this house. I love it.
Finished building up the topsoil:
Our backyard, even with the amazing view, came with many challenges. For 3 years we had several huge gorgeous sweet gum trees that produced amazing shade, and a black gum tree that was just so pretty, but not thriving. The downside was all the gumballs that took over every winter, and the inability to grow grass. We had the trees removed, and have seen a world of difference, but still have a ways to go.
That's it for now. Happy Mothers Day to all my readers who are moms!