Highly compacted soil with no organic content meant that almost none of the rain that fell on this beautiful home in the NE Heights was useful for natural irrigation. A legacy ash tree was at the end of its life and had begun to die back. We removed the rock, which was both compacting and overheating the soil ad began reshaping the geometry of the front yard to accept storm flow from the roof of the home and direct rainfall. Native mulch was installed to begin creating topsoil, and a swale was built over a course of sponges to accept rainfall along the drip edge of a new desert willow. We even designed a new shade structure for the back of the home.