The backyard has turned into American homeowners’newest showcase. People are building huge decks and patios and adding a decorator’s touch to the landscaping. Benches, trellises, sundials, birdbaths and lawn art are used to supplement the flowers and plants, as the backyard beautification trend picks up steam. For many people, the backyard is their retreat from the hectic pace of everyday life.

Mulch is now viewed as both a decorative and functional product, with a wide variety of options now available for homeowners looking to make statement with their landscaping.

While lawn maintenance is often viewed as a chore, gardening has long been one of the most popular hobbies in America. In addition to an interest in European-style gardening, more people are taking part in organic gardening, growing herb gardens, composting and augmenting their landscaping with water ponds.