A sloped yard is hard to use, and if it's got erosion problems or it's channeling water toward the foundation of your house, a retaining wall is a good solution. Cutting the foot of a hill back far enough to place a 2- to 3-foot wall can give you several square feet of level ground for a play area or patio.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? A natural remedy waits in your backyard: local honey. To date, science has not yet proved a link between eating local honey and allergy symptom relief. But there's no shortage of anecdotal evidence from allergy sufferers.