I never would've thought we'd ever buy mulch by the truckload, but this is actually our second load in the past 2 weeks! Of course, we used a lot of it filling in around the new garden boxes, but I've also done all the weeding, trimming, and mulching of all the other flower beds, including the asparagus and strawberry patches. Also, we took our local nursery owner's advice and planted azaleas under our giant pine tree. The fallen needles make the soil under the tree highly acidic, which is what azaleas like, so we'll see how it goes. In the past 5 years, I've tried various things under that tree and everything thus far has failed. Fingers crossed we may have finally found a solution!