Cape of Storms suggests replacing lawn in these areas with synthetic grass and installing a cobble edge to finish it off. Other solutions are to lay bark chips in a play area or to create a wonderland garden with small paths beneath a canopy of trees.
layered with sand and pebbles and then filled with rain water. Planting wild iris, arums, bamboo reed or succulents around it works well in shaded or partial sunny areas. Bark chips in between the plants add to the aesthetic appearance.
Use planter boxes (wooden or brick) to grow herbs and vegetables in the space available, such as alongside a wall or even in a courtyard if it gets enough sunlight. You can also add trellises for upward-growing plants, such as tomatoes and gem squash.