Grow sweet strawberry in a vertical PVC tube is great solution for small garden or yard. Vertical planter will save you a lot of space, at the same time keep plants out of reach from garden insect pests AND enable you to switch to hydroponics.
Where the dogs have worn the path down. Utilize reclaimed pallet wood to build a rustic wooden walkway. You can use it to link two areas of your backyard, or to add some character to a quiet corner. Get the tutorial at Funky Junk Interiors.