Just took the time after bringing Lucas to the school's van to thank you guys so much for the great tips on my dry soil problem. Holly, you're probably right, they did levelled the ground to prepare it to the house and there was a lot of heavy coming and going while it was being built. I'll start this mulch and compost adding this week. Cross fingers for me! :o)
Gotta run now, laundry waits for me while there is still sun!