Switching from Mulch to Stone
When the snow melts and the temps warm up, I would like to replace all of the mulch around our home with decorative stone. My big question is: Should I remove all of the mulch before putting down stone, or can I apply stone right over the mulch? My concern is that over time the mulch will start to pop up through the stone (mulch currently is black; color of stone would be very light or white) - obviously complete opposites in terms of colors. I guess I could put down landscape fabric between the mulch and new stone to prevent mixing, but I really do not like the cloth/fabric and think it is a waste of $$. In addition, we have landscape lighting in the ground where all of the new stone would be going, so taking up the mulch will be even more difficult because of the wires. Again, do you think adding the new stone on top of existing mulch seems to be a practical idea? or should I remove ALL of the mulch that is currently there?
I appreciate it.