We completely re-designed this entire backyard due to drainage problems. Installed new sod, a small bed, retaining wall, and concrete patio. Here you can see the overall view of the entire backyard.
Mulch is also another option when it comes to beds and islands. There are multiple colors of mulch you can choose from if pine straw is not an option.
Designed the large island, helped pick out plants and shrubs, and laid new sod throughout the front yard.