Neutral walls with a darker beige trim create a sophisticated and classy look to this home exterior. Tiny shrubs are organized in a mulched garden. The beautiful landscaping matches the attractive home for a full outdoor experience.
The natural rock texture of the boulder steps and planter retaining boulders brings a great, rough texture to this backyard. The stones transition the space from the lawn and melt into the concrete walkway. Small mulched sections create a space for gardening to add natural decoration.
The white exterior of this house creates a beautifully bright look in the sunlight. A black front door matches the window framing. The brown mulched yard compliments the shingled roof and allows the plant life to shine. Blooming flowers and turquoise pots add extra color to decorate the yard.
This white home catches the sunlight for a lovely bright exterior. A mulched yard compliments the roof shingles and allows the mix of plant life to shine. A concrete walkway moves through the plants and leads to the black front door.
The driveway of this modern home runs beside the backyard. As you turn into the yard you pass the boulder retaining wall creating a solid separation between the lawn to the driveway. A mulch section provides space for natural decoration from small plants bordering the retaining wall.
A living mulch is a type of low-growing ground cover that blankets soil like a mulch. In this garden, golden creeping jenny (Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’) is the living mulch. Other plants that work well as living mulches include alpine strawberry, low juniper, vinca vine or short mints like Corsican mint. Be careful with living mulches that root along stems as they grow. These types of plants can easily become invasive and even try to overgrow lawns.
Never underestimate the power of mulch. This simple ground cover provides a host of benefits, including suppressing weeds, helping soil retain water and keeping soil (and plant roots) cool in the heat of summer. Organic mulches like shredded bark, compost or fine forest mulch also slowly decompose and help to build healthy soil. How much mulch is enough? Aim for a 2- to 4-inch-thick layer. Refresh mulch as it breaks down so you maintain that consistent covering on soil.
Landscape glass is a type of recycled glass that’s bright and colorful. It’s a permanent mulch that doesn’t break down. Install glass mulch over high quality (commercial grade) landscape fabric so it doesn’t sink into soil. The glass is tumbled to remove sharp edges, but it does pose a threat to soft-bodied critters like slugs. Glass mulch is popular in xeriscape garden designs.
Fall is the best time to add maintenance to your garden beds with activities such as mulching, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. Mulching helps insulate delicate root systems from extreme cold temperatures and dry winter air.
A wide view of this modern home's backyard reveals its extensive landscape and hardscape. A retaining wall frames the edge beside a grid-like patio, and stairs from the porch descend beside sections of grass and mulch. The levels follow the slanted flow of the land for a natural look.
An open yard with small planted trees and shrubs allows this beautiful red party barn to shine in the evening light. Mulched areas create fluid lines from the house perimeter into the yard. Landscape lighting dotted around the property creates a twinkly look.
Landscape lighting and mounted sconces illuminate this party barn's back patio area in the evening light. Black roofing extends from the red barn to create a covered patio section that then expands to an open area with a stone fire pit. Mulched sections are planted with short trees leading into the open yard.
A paver walkway leads to the entrance of this beautiful home. A mix of natural rock and mulch creates a simple yet lovely landscape around the front. The stucco exterior and standing seam metal roof creates an interesting country-meets-mediterranean facade.