There's a downside to loving flowers. The deadheading and weeding take more time than just mowing grass and weedwhacking edges. But even the deadheading and weeding aren't too bad since I'm out there with the flowers:)
I also used wire cutters to cut a rectangle out of hardware cloth to scoop up my mulch and filter the big stuff out. When I got the edges snipped, it was really rough on the cut wires so I bent them under with the wire cutters and hammered them down. It helped. I haven't used the wire yet, but I'm trying to keep my little pile turned. I don't know how long it will take to turn it into something good for plants instead of dirty garbage.