Alright I need some serious help! My yard has been very neglected since before we moved in. I want to give it a revamp and love it deserves! I am looking for very low maintenence plants as I know I have a tendency to get bored and busy. I live in the Springfield Oregon area and was thinking native plants. We are hoping to put in a Big Leaf (Oregon) Maple in the mid back yard to help give some shade. I was also thinking of planting a trumpet vine up the back fence for the humming birds. It's a big fence so I could probably do a variety of climbing plants. I have some maples (I think) on the side of my house that I need to learn how to protect from any more damage of cat scratching. We have a feral/stray cat colony that live here and while they make yard work more challenging (landmines anyone?) they keep new cats from entering my yard. There is a Rhodie in the front that I think needs to be taken out as it has gotten very dead. Any tips on NOT spreading the disease to other healthy ones? The yard is edged with bark'o'mulch over grown by weeds. I am wondering if there is a nice groundcover I should plant instead of re mulching? On the side yard we plan on making raised beds for vegi's and putting a box by the fence for more plants too. We are planning on putting a small fence across from the house to the side fence to block it off from our little one (helps me supervise without being on top of her). We will also be putting a fence around the pond. The front yard has been re mulched which really helped update it. We just have to "fix" that rhodie. Here is the album to it all! Please please please help! Our yard makes us bummed out. I really want it to be a space we can enjoy and not feel like we are slaves to it. Thanks!