I just moved into a house built about 10 years ago. I believe the lawn is Bermuda. Whatever it is, it doesn't do well in the shade, and the trees have grown enough that the lawn along the fence line is either thin or dead. There is also a berm along the back that I don't want to have to mow.
I am renting, so I want to keep this as cheap as possible (no hardscaping).
The easy route would be to lay down pine straw in the shady areas. I've also considered planting shady ground cover. I don't know whether to cut beds or not.