this has been achieved by the donation of mulch from one neighbour, the labor of the son and another neighbour and some small assistance from me.
i think a bit more colour of some kind would be useful but right now it is tidy and fresh.
more critically the installation of a platform at the drive way now allows me easy and safe access to this area so that i can get to the tank water.
this part was waiting for mulch ...which it now has
looking down from the carport
dog manages to get into most photos. it is a special skill.