Here's the process from bare ground to plantings:
We then added soaker hoses along the entire planting line, installed on a handy timer so the plants won't be scorched and die of thirst while we are in Philly.
And a full trailer of mulch was quickly depleted.
Although it needs time to grow and meld into the "look" and we still need to plant a row of roses behind the fence to softly creep over the top, we do have progress, and that is the important point. It beats mud and dirt, for sure and the yard is looking a less like a construction zone all the time.