I have a customer who wants me to mulch his entire yard. The whole property is surrounded by trees, the house is in the woods, he gets little to no sunlight and so he cant really grow grass. He has about 1500 sq ft of area that he wants mulched. My question is, what other alternatives could I use instead of mulch. He wants to keep the cost down but wants it to look presentable. He can afford the mulch job, but Im concerned with how well its going to hold up, Im going to put landscape fabric under it to keep weeds from growing up through, but next year I think hes going to be in the same position again, needing remulching, or at the very least touch ups. Is there an alternative to this that will last longer? Id like to stay away from crushed stone because the driveway is gravel and I feel that it will just look like garbage with the whole thing just stone.