Mulch makes everything look so crisp and clean.
Around the tree it's important not to "volcano" the mulch, a common practice of landscapers and homeowners. 3 inches of mulch in a big circle around the base is very good for the trees... but you have to keep the mulch 3-6" away from the base of the tree. Putting thick mulch around the trunk allows pests and nasty things to get in and hurt the tree.
I also want to show off our columbines. For $2.50 each last year on special from Home Depot, they were tiny and pretty but I didn't have any expectations. This year they are just spectacular, exploding with blooms - I had no idea columbines could look like this!
Back to the mulching, in the back I didn't get very far this weekend. It was hot and we had a lot of fun family plans and things to do. I got the bed done between the driveway and patio with the trellis and vines. It looks much better than the weedy mess it was before.