I think I have decided to surround my property with ornamental grass for a less formal hedge. It multiplies rapidly, less work than a yew hedge and provides interesting winter views! Plus, I already have a lot of miscanthus giganticus in the back!
Love the idea of creating a natural "sand box". Let the children play: just add sand for really natural DIY sand box. I would just use a tarp to cover this play spaces when not in use to keep the cats out. Just add cinnamon to keep the ants out.
LESLIE-----This would be great in your backyard! Let me know if this is feasible Xmas gift for the little man! Zip Line Equipment from Slackers, Zipline Eagle Series Kit with Seat, Zipline Hawk Series Kit, The Grommet