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Add natural tree mulch in any areas that are flat, and soil is dry and/or firm. You want any flat areas to absorb water easily in a down pour, and retain the water for plants during dry periods. You could also add your yard waste (chopped) to this area.
Visit the Chip Drop website, they have a lot of information on how to use mulch and the benefits.
If your yard doesn't have trees, plant them. Brandon Cedars are sold at most stores during the spring and summer. They're cheap, resilient and offer immediate shade and privacy. They are difficult trees to move so try to plant them where you want them to stay.
I also suggest planting some Saskatoons, you can train them as trees or shrubs. Blueberry bushes are also a great addition, they have beautiful red leaves in the fall.