There is a large (for the size of yard) concrete slab with approx 8" to the fence. Also a mud lot about the same size as the slab. Ideally I need an attractive and inexpensive way to make the yard size look less like a joke and more like an oasis. The yard size is approx 8' deep and 26' long. Lastly... I don't want grass! Please help... Houzz readers always have excellent solutions. Thank you in advance!