Planning spring time projects with rubber mulch can yield colorful long lasting landscapes during the summer. Winter months provide an excellent respite from summer gardening chores like re-mulching. Proper planning can increase your time for other summertime activities. Small yards, especially backyards, can pose minor difficulties for the busy homeowner. Often irrigation is difficult to control given the heat sink of the house, back porch, or stone borders. Turf can be difficult to keep healthy and access can make annual mulching difficult year after year.