Good book to read:
Was reviewing this book while visiting the Charlottesville library while on my 30th wedding anniversary trip with Kathleen.
Food Not Lawns, by H. C. Flores, Chelsea Green Publishing
This will get you to looking at your yard from a different perspective. The 12th Chapter, The Next Generation was particularly good at focusing on children's role in your gardening ambitions. Look for it in a library near you.