I recently wrote a post about trying to think through how to reduce the "chore generator" use of our yard and now want to give you an idea of both why that is important and also what is beautiful about the yard. Keep in mind that I didn't include the side yard, the courtyard off of the sun porch, and the area behind the carport. We were 15 years younger when we bought this and being naive Southern Californians just relocated to Atlanta believed the description of this as a natural and low maintenance landscape. It is beautiful though and we enjoy looking at it.
Here's some of the front yard looking toward the side street.
That is a sugar maple trunk.
I didn't show the part of the ground cover that is dying - just the healthy part. That is a crape myrtle trunk
Now for the back yard. Here is our small back patio - pardon the pollen LOL.
The small perennial bed just starting to come up.
The two water oaks that are very close to the house. That is the carport on the left.
Another view back towards one side of the house.
Yet more azaleas, shrubs and trees.
Part of the wooded area on our property.