My main goals are to create something magical with the least amount of money and to make the area easy to maintain. Grass never grows under this tree because of the shade and it has to be easy to rake leaves come Fall because there are a ton of them from this tree.
After doing a bit of cleaning I sat on the ground to think and realized there was a good bit of moss already under the tree. It was nice and soft to sit on so I am thinking of going with moss instead of some kind of mulch. That hopefully will be cheaper, easier to upkeep, and easier to rake come Fall.
I had some left over gravel from another yard project so I used that in one of the crevices in the tree.
I will post updates when I accomplish more. Now I need to find a way to keep my dogs from pooping here. Not sure the "Fairies" want dog doo doo by their front door!