In lieu of a grassy lawn our landlord has planted the backyard with leafy plants and perennial flowers. We let the dogs trample through it but they don’t make a dent in the vegetation. The plants are rugged, hardened by the harsh St. Louis weather. The advantages of this style are that yard looks nice and it requires little effort in maintenance. It’s smart. I do find our landlord’s choice in lawn art amusing though. The nude concrete bust looks like a sculpture of a butchered chicken to me.