I spent most of the morning yesterday hauling top soil back and forth. We had about a yard worth of top soil delivered (basically dumped on our driveway). Tom, a really nice kid we met via the town message boards works for the local nursery and he dropped some off so I could prep the planting beds before we plant the new shrubs and trees.
I've been told that all planting beds should ideally be 3 to 4" higher than the lawn. So I basically shoveled as much soil as I could in the wheelbarrow, dumped it within the area then I evened it out using my hands (I didn't have a rake, it wasn't that bad). Here's a pic of the driveway planting bed and I also did the front of the house/windows where that mother tree was!
We're planting today so I should have some pics tomorrow, although they won't really be that exciting since they're no longer in bloom.