In our back yard we have two mature trees; one is a crabapple and the other's a Sunset maple. Over the years they have spread so much that nothing on the ground beneath will grow. So we have put mulch down in this area, which Dante just loves. It's almost like his own little forest!
Even on the sunniest day, only little patches of light peek through the branches of the trees, which gives both the earth, and Dante, a dappled effect.