More progress has been made. I didn't have much time today to work on it and I probably should've been doing laundry or washing dishes instead but the kids needed some time outdoors and I did too.
My plan is to take all the leaves that are half decomposed and cart them to where I eventually want a garden so they can turn into nice dirt there. I know this part of the outside of our house now looks a little bare but I'm okay with that. The whole rest of the exterior of our house is lined with plants and it's a bit much.