Debating use of mulch in landscaping
I need to settle a 'dispute' with my husband. We recently pulled out all of the old shrubbery (several ugly old overgrown yews and a dead redbud) and planted all new lovely shrubs, a crabapple, ground covers, etc. There are areas that are empty as we await the 'spread' the next few years, and my husband heard somewhere that it's a bad idea to mulch for ecological reasons. I always thought mulching, especially for newly planted perennials, was a good thing to do to keep weeds down and soil moist and overall general health of the plants. Can anyone weigh in? We live in Evanston just north of Chicago and our soil is mostly clay, but we've worked in topsoil and compost so it's pretty rich.