However, this year we have a plan. By the end of the summer we're going to have a little deck action; we're going to have some raised vegetable beds; and we're going to have some flower beds. What isn't in beds is going to be in some other kind of generally pleasant-to-look-at shape, instead of piles-of-dirt-and-branches shape.
The plan. Also possibly a diagram for an uncomfortable method of birth control.
The deck will be for eating and also for covering up the great grassless region.
See those railroad ties? This is the year I make myself do Freecycle. (Anyone want some railroad ties?)
Raised beds-in-training. They can't really pretty up the back of the house, but my focus here is utility.
The bright side: the yard really can only get better.
The other bright side: I do like doing this kind of work. Even if thinking about it makes me want to crack open a beer and sit down in despair.