I was mowing a lawn yesterday and thanking the designer for making an unobtrusive way to get the mower across the lined sidewalk without cutting it off.
Yes, design a way to get from patio to yard. Perhaps a single stepping stone would be enough.
I agree that there should be a way to get from patio to yard. After all, don't you want to encourage people to explore your yard, not view it from behind a velvet rope, as you would a room in museum?
Christina, a few steps down or a dry stack wall can make a big impact.
I like the look of this patio (you could create your own version)
Here steps transition from one area to another
as beautiful as that is..my backyard is years from looking like that
Christina, I know what you mean but honestly even a small amount of hardscape can get you off to a good start. My garden is only 6 years young but I started with a short granite wall to define it. It's true it is an expense but one I plan to make only once and it should last for years. Enjoy working on and in your garden.
Only you can answer that question. Do YOU want a way to get to the yard? I think it would make sense.