Replace Mulch with Stone
Landscaping stone is a long-lasting, safe alternative to mulch. Install landscaping stone just one time and it will remain beautiful for years. This DIY video features three easy steps for replacing your mulch with landscaping stone - you can do it in an afternoon (depending upon the size of your beds).
Additional information on some of the other topics mentioned in the above video can be found at the below links:
1. Composting Mulch - Mulch and other small wood chips can be useful carbon-based components in your compost mix. As it decomposes more slowly than other organic items, mulch can be layered with nitrogen rich items such as plants and grass clippings to maintain a healthy balance in your compost. Learn more about how to compost and selecting the right items for your mix.
2. Installing Landscape Fabric - About.com features helpful tips and in-depth descriptions for installing landscape fabric, working around existing flowers or shrubs, and adding new plants after fabric is installed.