I suppose there are some positive aspects to having no landscaping in our backyard. I just usually don't see them...
Instead I notice the dust clouds that swirl in circles threatening to enter our home.
I notice the deep mud that the rain brings and dreadfully anticipate big splashes of muddy prints in the doorway.
I notice the sticks that litter the yard, clogging up our drainage.
But this day I noticed the creativity of my boys as they designed and built safely forts! As the walls went up, I could picture my boys chatting excitedly about the enemy coming and the need to establish their safe haven quickly! I could image the excitement on their faces as they sharpened their swords (tree branches) for battle. I knew that they didn't notice the dirt all over their clothes, because in their adventurous boy hearts, their filthy clothes were shining armor and their sand-filled hair was covered with a majestic knight helmet. They rushed around, lost in their own exciting reality, talking in tough voices to one another, forgetting that they were not on a far-stretching battlefield, but only in their disorganized backyard with no landscaping.
So, I suppose those are the benefits to not having neatly trimmed shrubs, perfectly-potted flowers, and fresh cut grass. Isn't is amazing how our eyes can see the same thing as either beautiful or ugly? It's all how you look at it!