concrete chunks stained with iron sulfate - this is worth looking into for patio and walkways. it LOOKS like flagstones, but is really ripped out concrete, FREE material. Used for building raised beds as well.
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Hostas are a topnotch groundcover for shady areas. Plant them on a tough-to-mow hillside to create a lovely, carefree garden bed. If you have a steep slope that water runs down so quickly the soil can't absorb moisture, try breaking up the hill with rocks or other barriers. It will slow the flow of water.