Our back yard has plenty of room for yard games. It’s well-shaded, as you can see from these midday photos (click to enlarge) from last week. We’ve trimmed back the tree branches over the years to enable hard core badminton competition. Bocce ball, croquet, frisbee, whiffle ball, dodgeball, kickball… our yard has seen it all since we arrived with four kids way back in 1989.
We never quite got into the manicured lawn bit. Environmentalists? Not really, though we never treated it with chemicals for weeds. We just thought it was fine as-is. The kids could do whatever they wanted on it and we didn’t fret. During drought years, it was hardier than many of the manicured lawns. Plus, I never loved mowing so why try to get it to grow faster? As long as we could go barefoot on it, that was fine with us.