Strategic Yard Areas: Sun Tzu’s Classification

Aerial Yard
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One of the classifications of the yard for strategic purposes comes from Sun Tzu:

In addition to physical sections, yards can be classified from the strategic standpoint. The most famous strategic classification comes from Sun Tzu:

  • In the ground of dissolution Bad and Good Nature fight with vigor. The yardwork guerrilla must resolve the resulting thicket by removing or trimming plants.
  • Nearest to the house, light ground provides access routes to more remote areas.
  • The ground of contention covers most of the yard. Controlling it would be advantageous to both sides.
  • Both the yardwork guerrilla and non-combatants can access trafficked ground, including the right of way outside the property’s boundary.
  • Intersecting ground is surrounded on three sides by neighbors. It, therefore, requires building alliances more than any other ground.
  • Heavy ground abuts property boundaries from the outside, requiring occasional entry to retrieve items, repair the fence, or access outward-facing yard elements.
  • Bad ground is difficult to access. The guerrilla generally avoids purchasing land that includes bad ground, including rocky terrain, marsh, or landslide.
  • Narrow and enclosed, surrounded ground requires a circuitous way in and out. It includes corners and areas behind structures.
  • Dying ground includes land where the G.Y. can injure herself or perish, including areas under a tree or branch close to falling; a hole from a stump, excavation, or an old well; or soil covering unexploded ordnance.