Thanks Titleist and Theo,
I am concerned with the splash clearance. Should be OK with the soffits above. I put down about 7 tons today out of that 10 ton pile. Not bad for an old man. Tried like heck to slope it away from the house. I have a roller you fill with water, poor man's compactor. Heavy rain expected tomorrow, no chance to mulch it. I got the stupid plants put back anyway. I am beat. Checked the gutters all around, the screened ones were OK; the open ones were set for disaster, gutters completely clear along the whole length except for a few leaves stopping up the downspouts!
Woodchucks had gotten in under the porch and under the footers to the basement. I kicked one out of the basement before Irene. I have seen basements take on water because of woodchuck burrows in the past! Too many chipmunks around too. It's not my place, and my stupid landlady has to put out corn for her rodent army.
I have to rent a ditch bitch next and put in a decent french drain. The one I rented last time got jammed with the gravel every minute.
After that, they can get get a damn landscape architect and a bulldozer operator.
I hope I don't watch it all wash away.