The yard has truly never looked more beautiful. And, in fact, I realized this is the first time in the 35 years I've lived here that every corner of this large, steep yard was completely cleaned up and landscaped. What a great feeling it was to see it. Here are some pics.
The rock wall was completely torn down and rebuilt adding about a ton of dirt to the support base. They used only the large and medium boulders and not the smaller rocks. Grass was removed from between the wall and sidewalk and replaced with some nice grasses and other water-tolerant plants. At the top, new ground cover vines. The wall looks lovely. And the gopher infestation is gone, too.
The seldom-used upper level up the steep hill from my backyard. A few years ago Alberto made this pretty round patio which has served as a nice overflow area for a couple of large gatherings. But most of the time, I just want it to be weed-free and still attractive. Another steep hill from here goes up to the sidewalk and street at the very back of my property.