True, you can't polish a turd but you can do your best with what you have.
They didn't even clear out the leaves. This left a good amount of room to question their work. It should have looked like a well maintained turd.
“I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
― Benjamin Franklin