I put all the old mulch on a tarp and then cut out the shape I wanted, put the sod on the tarp as well. I dug a hole in the middle of the bed and buried the sod (hopefully deep enough so it won't send up shoots like in my backyard bed). I added topsoil on top and fresh mulch. I used some of the sod to shape the curve of the bed by the downspout. I divided my Hosta 'Patriot' from the other side yard because it was the biggest and could probably handle it. I even divided a couple clumps of Liriope and planted them near the hosta.
Hopefully everything grows in, I've been watering it and it's been raining a lot. I want to add more plants next year, but this is a good compromise for free plants!
|Progress on my dry shade side yard|