So this year I'm really trying to go natural with my lawn care. No watering, mowing high, no weed n' feed etc..
So far the results are pretty good. We haven't had much rain in the last month or so and as you can tell by this picture, there's a noticeable difference between my neighbour's and my lawn which ends at the hedges. Basically right around where the brown stuff starts.
In that picture you can also see a bit of the apple tree that I've planted. I picked a cortland apple tree because it supposedly has high and early yeilds and does it ever!
Since planting, I extended my rain-barrel/soaker hose system to the tree so it will always have water and added mulch. I'd like to get a bunch of rocks at the base of the tree to act as a heat trap to increase the warmth of the soil and extend the growing season a bit.