not the path, the canopy effect under the tree, perhaps where the big cottonwoods on the lawn are, for one of the gathering areas; I also appreciate the hint of enclosure the plantings bring, while keeping it open and connected
Dogs feel it’s their job to patrol the perimeters of the yard. Rather than fight this instinct, include a running space at or near the edge of your yard and add a clearly designed route to get to it. Make the route straight or softly curving; your dog will probably cut the corner rather than make a 90-degree turn.
In rural England during the 1700's, women placed bay leaves under their pillows on Valentine's Eve in hopes of dreaming of future husbands. Women should wear a clean nightgown turned inside out, lie down, and pray, "Good Valentine, be kind to me. In dreams, let me my true love see." Create your own sachet, fill with bay leaves & give to a single friend with a note describing the tradition.