Shape the back raised bed area this way and mulch/pavers /plants same?
http://www.mobilehomemaintenanceoptions.com/yearroundlawnmaintenancetips.php has some lawn care tips for homeowners.
California Friendly works of art! Driftwood and various succulents... http://rogersgardens.com/design-ideas/
has given me an idea!..going to remove my worn out 'edging effect log fence' and replace with these brightly coloured pebbles
Photo by Phillipe Perdereau
Succulent rock garden