Mulching over part of my backyard -- thoughts?
I'm slowly starting a project, and I'd like to find out if anyone has done something similar or has a better idea before I get too far along.
I've got a fairly large, by city neighborhood standards, backyard and I'd like to reduce the size of my grass lawn for mowing and watering reasons. I would also like to divide, at least visually, my gardening/utility area from the rest of the yard.
The plan I've been considering is to replace the back edge of the lawn -- side to side (60 feet) and 8-14 feet from the back fence -- with a mulched area. It wouldn't necessarily be a bed with plantings, but would be mulched and walkable and would surround my existing raised vegetable garden beds. Is this odd?
I don't have any photos handy, but here are a couple of Sketchup shots of the area and my planned landscaping. I also intend to get rid of most of those small trees (Rose of Sharon bushes, actually. The previous owner must have found a sale.)